German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised Ukraine further assistance in defending itself against Russian attack. He stated that Putin will not be able to dictate the terms of peace.
He said this in a special speech to the Bundestag.
"Putin still thinks he can bomb and dictate the world. But he is wrong. Just as he was wrong about the determination of the Ukrainians and the unity of our alliances. Because the Ukrainians don't accept that, and neither do we," Scholz said.
The chancellor said that only when Putin realizes that he cannot break Ukraine's defenses will he be ready to negotiate peace in earnest, and for that it is important to increase military aid to Kyiv.
Scholz defended the German government's position of supporting Ukraine "including in the supply of weapons, including heavy equipment" - even if some believe that "support does not go far enough" and others that it is "too far."
"We all have one common goal: Russia must not win this war. Ukraine must survive," he added.
Scholz said the federal government's military support for Ukraine has been "deliberate, measured and carefully coordinated internationally."
"Helping a country that has been brutally attacked to help it defend itself is not escalation," he said.