Putin is “responsible” for war crimes in the country, says Olaf Scholz

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a flagrant violation of international law,” and the deaths of thousands of civilians are “war crimes for which the Russian president is responsible,” Scholz said at a news conference in Berlin after a video conference with the United States. President Joe Biden and several European leaders, including French Heads of State Emmanuel Macron and Polish Heads of State Andrzej Duda, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“We feel enormous pain on behalf of the victims and also great anger at the Russian President and this senseless war,” he added.

At the meeting, the leaders reaffirmed “full solidarity and support” for Ukraine.
The German director-general emphasized that they also had a duty to “prevent the war from spreading to other countries” and reiterated that NATO would not “directly interfere in the war”.

The Social Democrats, Olaf Scholz, are heavily criticized in Germany, including in the coalition government of the Greens and Liberals, for their alleged reluctance to supply Ukraine with the heavy weapons it has requested.
So far, Berlin has only supplied Kiev with defense weapons.

When asked about heavy artillery, such as tanks and armor, the Chancellor remained evasive and reiterated that Germany had no intention of “acting alone” and insisted that such decisions be made in close cooperation with the Allies.
The German army, the Bundeswehr, no longer has many weapons in “stockpile” to send to Ukraine, he argued, showing that the government and the defense industry are currently working on a list of military material that could be used. to Kiev, without specifying what kind of weapons they are.

The German leadership announced last Friday that it intends to release more than a billion euros in military aid to Ukraine, nor did it say exactly where the money will be spent and for how long this budget increase will be available.

Germany is thus seeking to respond to growing criticism from Kiev of the Ukrainian authorities, but also of some of its EU partners, such as Poland and the Baltic countries, about the apparent lack of arms support.

Russia’s early military invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has already forced more than 12 million people to flee, more than five million of them out of the country, according to the latest UN data – the worst crisis ever. refugees in Europe after the Second World War (1939-1945).

According to the UN, some 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.
Russia’s attack, justified by Putin’s need to “denatrify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, condemned the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia that extend to virtually all sectors. , from bank to sport.

More than 2,000 civilians have died in the war in Ukraine today, according to UN figures, which warn that the real number is likely to be much higher.

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