The new Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Oleksii Makeiev, has warned Germany against taking in Russian conscientious objectors.

“Young men flee who have no regrets, but still want to avoid military service and end up driving through German cities in motorcades waving Russian flags,” Makeiev told Bild am Sonntag. “These Russians are a security risk, not only for Germany, but also for all young Ukrainian women with their children, who would end up having to sit across from these men in refugee camps. It would be wrong for Germany to take in Russian deserters.”

At the same time, Makeiev reiterated his refusal to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We will not negotiate with Putin,” Makeiev said. “Our negotiations over the past eight years have meant that 20 percent of our territory is no longer under Russian occupation.” Since negotiations began eight years ago, thousands of Ukrainians have been killed by Russians, and countless others have been raped and tortured. “How many more bouchas do we have to show the world for everyone to realize that you can’t talk to the Russians?”