Russia must not win this war, German Chancellor says

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

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# 19 May 2022 11:49 (UTC +04:00)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz addressed Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday ahead of an extraordinary EU summit on Ukraine later this month, APA reports citing DW.

Scholz called the war in Ukraine the greatest crisis facing the EU in its history.

"Peace is only something we can take for granted if we are prepared to defend it. This is the lesson that we have learned from the brutal attack on Ukraine."

Scholz described the Ukraine war as a "turning point in history." He said that EU member states would, as in other crises, confront it with solidarity.

"The greater the pressure from the outside, the more we join forces as the European Union and act together."

"We all share one goal, Russia must not win this war, Ukraine must prevail," Scholz said.

This is why, he explained, Germany has been supporting Ukraine with aid and even heavy weapons, as well as taking in Ukrainian refugees.

"A brutally attacked country needs help in defending itself and doing so cannot be termed escalation."