German chancellor calls for greater pressure on Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has renewed his call for the international community to ramp up pressure on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Scholz addressed Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on Wednesday ahead of a series of key summits. Germany will host the Group of Seven summit next week.

The chancellor said Germany and its partners must continue to demonstrate to Russian President Vladimir Putin that they will strive to maintain order by the rule of law.

He said it's important to continue sanctions on Russia and provide Ukraine with weapons and financial support until Putin finally recognized his "colossal mistake."

Scholz also said the G7 leaders will discuss reconstruction support for Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to participate online.

Noting the reconstruction of Ukraine will take time and an enormous amount of money, Scholz called for the international community's unified support.