Delivery of arms: Ukraine: Four more self-propelled howitzers from the Bundeswehr

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Ukraine: Four more self-propelled howitzers from the Bundeswehr

A Bundeswehr Panzerhaubitze 2000 at the military training area in Munster, Lower Saxony.  Photo: Philipp Schulze/dpa

A Bundeswehr Panzerhaubitze 2000 at the military training area in Munster, Lower Saxony. photo

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The German government will probably remain opposed to the delivery of armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. However, the attacked country should receive more artillery pieces and ammunition.

the Ukraine is to receive four more self-propelled howitzers from the Bundeswehr for its defense against Russia. The Ministry of Defense announced on Monday in Berlin that the delivery would be initiated immediately. The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is a heavy artillery piece with a range of up to 40 kilometers. The delivery should also include an ammunition package.

The federal government emphasized that Ukraine had expressed the desire for more howitzers. "The ones supplied by Germany and the Netherlands self-propelled howitzers 2000 have more than proven themselves in combat," said Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), according to the statement. "In order to continue to support Ukraine in its courageous fight against the brutal Russian attack, Germany will comply with this request." With the four self-propelled howitzers, the Number of artillery pieces supplied by Germany to 14.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov thanked the howitzers. He also recalled other Mars II multiple rocket launchers and Dingo personnel carriers, which Berlin promised last week. "The military aid of our German friends is an important part of our common victory over the terrorists," he wrote on Twitter.

Ukraine has from western states like Germany battle tanks and armored personnel carriers were also required, which the troops could use during advances and the recapture of areas and which are built for use in direct combat. Infantry fighting vehicles are used to transport soldiers as safely as possible to the combat area and to support them in battle. So far, no NATO country has delivered western-style main battle tanks. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) always emphasizes that Germany will not go it alone on this issue.

In the debate about further arms deliveries, the Federal Government repeatedly refers to the limited scope for armed forces when submitting material. Also on Monday there was talk of the "tense own material situation".

The Bundeswehr is going "beyond the pain threshold" with the device that has already been delivered or promised, said the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, Eberhard Zorn, of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (Tuesday). "We want to give Ukraine what is possible, but keep what is necessary." The now promised tank howitzers were overhauled and repaired by the industry.


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