Lula is expressing what much of the Global South is thinking, which is that the West's narrative about the Ukraine war is distorted. Yes, it is Russia that invaded Ukraine, but the conflict has more than one culprit. If the West really had an interest in peace, it would have taken Russia's security interests seriously. The only way to end the Ukraine conflict is through negotiations, but the West and Zelenskyy have chosen to pour oil on the fire.
While Scholz was promoting support for Ukraine on his South American trip, Lula served as a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda by claiming that Kyiv and the West are as much to blame for the Ukraine war as Russia. It may be justified to criticize the West for its selective condemnation of injustice, but defending an imperialist and dictator like Putin is beyond the pale. By his stance, Lula has lost all moral credibility.