“Vladimir Putin wants to subjugate Ukraine, to destroy its culture and identity,” he said. Chancellor Olaf Soltzstressing once again that “a dictated peace will not be accepted”, while expressing confidence that Ukraine would win the war, but also expressing concern about the danger of its escalation.
Celebrating the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II and the capitulation of Germany with a televised address to be broadcast later tonight, the chancellor explains and defends his policy on Russia. “World War II claimed more than 60 million lives. The Germans committed this crime against humanity. It is even more painful to experience that today, 77 years after the end of the War, brutal violence is once again breaking the law in the heart of Europe, that the Russian army is killing men, women and children in Ukraine, turning cities into ruins and attacking. even to those trying to escape “Mr. Solts states in his message, according to a pre-publication of excerpts from his statement.
This year, he emphasizes, May 8th is unlike any other previous anniversary. “In recent years, Germany has fought for reconciliation with the Ukrainians and the Russians, two peoples who at the time fought together to defeat the murderous German National Socialism,” Olaf Solz said. Russian President Vladimir Putin “It wants to subjugate Ukraine, to destroy its culture and its identity.”
The central German slogan for Nazism (“Never again!”) In the current situation can only mean that we stand for justice and freedom on the side of those who are under attack and we support Ukraine in its fight against the aggressor, the chancellor underlined in the sermon. of. “Germany is helping to end the violence. There must be no peace dictated by Russia. “Ukrainians will not accept it – neither will we,” he said. “Ukraine will win the war, freedom and security will triumph – just as freedom and security triumphed 77 years ago over freedom, violence and dictatorship.” To contribute to it in the best possible way means “never again!” and there is the legacy of May 8, the chancellor adds emphatically.
In his speech, Olaf Solz also referred to the supply of weapons to Ukraine and the sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia, while thank the Germans for their willingness to welcome Ukrainian refugees. However, he also expressed concern about the dangers of escalating the war and warned: “It would be a mistake for us not to take this into account.” At the same time, however, he notes, “we should not be paralyzed by fear” and recalls that he has vowed to prevent evil for the German people. One of the lessons of May 8 is that there should be no more world wars, he mentions and speaks of four principles that must be observed: “Germany is not allowed to dare alone. German defense capability must be maintained. The German government will do nothing to harm Germany and its allies more than Russia. “The German government will not take a decision that could turn NATO into a war zone.”
The German chancellor also describes the fact that Vladimir Putin identifies his aggressive war with the struggle against National Socialism as “falsification of history and slander.”