Germany on Thursday promised further military support to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russia’s attacks. “Russia must not win this war, Ukraine must prevail,” Chancellor Olaf Scholz told German lawmakers during a debate on the government’s foreign policy. He sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and accused him of continuing a “brutal war.”
“Putin continues to believe that he can use bombs to dictate the terms for peace. But he is wrong,” Scholz said. “There will not be a peace treaty dictated by Russia. The Ukrainians will not accept it, and we will not accept it either,” he stressed.
The German chancellor dismissed criticisms that supplying heavy weapons to Ukraine would further escalate the conflict and prolong the war. “A brutally attacked country needs help for its defense, this has nothing to do with escalation,” he said.
“This is an attempt to repel the attack, to end the violence as quickly as possible,” he added. Scholz did not give any details about planned arms deliveries, but underlined that Germany will continue to coordinate its efforts with its allies and partners.