“Putin will give up his war and his imperialist ambitions only if he realizes that he cannot win.” This was declared by the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Putin – he added – “is not only destroying Ukraine, but he is ruining his own country”.
The chancellor then made it clear that no “imposed peace” would be accepted and that Ukraine will have to be further armed to repel the Russian invasion. “We support Ukraine with all our strength: financially, economically, with humanitarian assistance and also with weapons”.
Shortly before the chancellor left Germany for New York, the Berlin government had promised further arms deliveries to Kiev, including four more self-propelled howitzers. Russia’s actions in Ukraine were not only a disaster for Europe, but also for global order and world peace, Scholz later stressed in New York: “This is why it was so important that 141 states unequivocally condemn the Russian invasion here in this room, “he noted, referring to the UN Assembly vote in March after the Russian attack.