German Chancellor Olaf Schultz says a ceasefire in Ukraine and the continuation of talks are essential for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the European country.

Iran PressEurope: "These measures are necessary to reduce tensions in Ukraine," the German Chancellor told Al Jazeera on Thursday night.

German Chancellor added: "As unrealistic as this may seem, we should not fail to do so. What is happening now is a war against the Ukrainian people."

He has already made it clear in a speech to parliament that his country is supplying Ukraine with the weapons it needs to fight Russia.

"Together with the European Union, we are with Ukraine," Schultz said, adding: "We, as Germany and the European Union, stand on the right side of history."

"The challenge between Putin and the free world should not repeat the pain of the past," Schultz said.

"We have to make sure that Putin's war does not spread to other parts of Europe," he said.

Earlier, the German Ministry of Defense announced that the country has approved the delivery of 400 RPGs from the Netherlands to Ukraine. These events confirm the change in Berlin's policy on Ukraine; Unlike other Western allies, the country has been criticized for refusing to send weapons to Kyiv.

Germany has a long-standing policy of not sending weapons to war zones, which is partly rooted in its twentieth-century history of peace. The German chancellor has repeatedly referred to this policy in recent weeks when he refused to hand over deadly weapons to Ukraine.

Ukraine's ambassador to Germany on Saturday called on Berlin to deliver Stinger air defense missiles to Ukraine, as in the Netherlands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday (February 21st) criticized the West for not paying attention to Moscow's security concerns, saying that his country recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics and signed cooperation and friendship agreements with the leaders of those republics at the Kremlin.

In a speech on Russian national television on the morning of Thursday (February 24th), Putin announced military action in Donbas and called on Ukrainian forces to lay down their weapons and go home.

As the fire of war continues, the flood of global reactions to the event continues, and diplomatic pressure and international threats and sanctions against Russia are increasing.


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