DThe Union has responded in the Bundestag with its demand for greater support for the Ukraine cannot enforce with heavy weapons. The traffic light coalition and the members of the left-wing parliamentary group prevented a decision on a corresponding application by the CDU and CSU with their votes on Thursday; it was referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
In the debate, the CDU defense politician Johann Wadephul had the speech, the Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) held before the United Nations. However, he criticized the fact that Scholz refused to supply tanks to Ukraine and did not even justify it. "This is a serious mistake," Wadephul said. He called on those traffic light politicians who were in favor of tank deliveries to also vote for them.
The SPD politician Gabriela Heinrich accused the Union of downplaying the German contributions. Germany is the largest supplier in the EU and the second largest overall. "The Union is actually calling for Germany to go it alone." The AfD politician Alexander Gauland said the Union was "blow the trumpet of war". The co-chair of the Greens, Omid Nouripoursaid that you need "staying power", but that it is "a bit tiring to keep talking about individual weapon systems".
FDP: Union has turned Bundeswehr into a "disaster".
The FDP politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann said that there were discussions in the government, but everyone agreed "that we are on the side of Ukraine". The Union had turned the Bundeswehr into a "disaster", the miserable material stock of the troops was the fault of the Union. The Left rejected the proposal CDU and CSU as a "tank offensive".
For a long time, the Union has been calling for approval for the delivery of battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and transport tanks from industry stocks and for the rapid delivery of both Marder armored personnel carriers and Leopard battle tanks of older designs from former Bundeswehr stocks to Ukraine. The application submitted by the opposition also called for "the delivery of heavy weapons, in particular armored combat vehicles and more long-range artillery, also from Bundeswehr stocks, to Ukraine".
In April, the Union, SPD, Greens and FDP jointly asked the government to deliver heavy weapons as well. Since then, the government has been under Chancellor scholz artillery pieces, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft tanks were delivered to Kyiv, but not the required infantry fighting vehicles and battle tanks. According to Ukraine, they need these weapons to liberate more areas from the hands of the Russian invaders. In military circles, it is also said that it is artillery and rocket launchers in particular that Germany is being asked to deliver. The government last announced the delivery of four more Panzerhaubitz 2000 at the beginning of the week.