The task now is not to proceed according to a formula, but to seize this historic moment and make it clear to Ukraine, with a view to its prospects, that you belong in the middle of the European Union.

We need weapons to prove that the West is determined to help us actually win – rather than just not letting us lose.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has again defended his course on arms deliveries to Ukraine against criticism. “We deliver what is needed and helps,” Scholz told the “Münchner Merkur” (Monday edition). “And we are moving in line with our most important and closest allies.”

Addressing his critics, the chancellor said: “A lot of what is being said in this country is simply not true.” Some also underestimated the complexity. “If we deliver state-of-the-art weapon systems such as self-propelled howitzers or complex anti-aircraft systems, the soldiers also have to be well trained, otherwise these weapons are ineffective.”

In addition, the appropriate ammunition must first be organized for some systems, Scholz said. “Anyone who thinks that weapons of war are available like cars from dealers is wrong.” Regarding the criticism of him, he said: “But I will not be dissuaded from a level-headed course.” He was also chosen because people believed him “that I would keep my nerve”. (AFP)

Putin seems afraid that the spark of democracy could spread to his country. He wants a divided Europe and a return to a policy of zones of influence. He won’t be able to do that.