German heavy weapons deliveries arrive in Ukraine

German heavy weapons deliveries arrive in Ukraine

Howitzers from Germany have arrived and are currently being used in Ukraine, the country’s defense minister announced on Tuesday. The news comes after Berlin came under heavy criticism for being late in delivering weapons.

The German Panzerhaubitze 2000 “are finally part of the arsenal of 155 mm howitzers of the Ukrainian artillery”, announced on Twitter Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, before thanking his German counterpart, Christine Lambrecht, for her efforts and support for Ukraine.

Mrs Lambrecht had promised the delivery of seven howitzers at the beginning of May, while the Netherlands were to provide five more.

Referring to the coordinated effort of Germany and the Netherlands, Reznikov called the delivery a“example of international cooperation in favor of Ukraine”.

The news comes after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government have repeatedly come under fire for taking too long to deliver on promises to deliver heavy weapons for Ukraine. Although the howitzers have been delivered, several deliveries of weapons promised by Berlin to kyiv have still not been made, including air defense systems and rocket launchers.

Kyiv’s ambassador to Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, told the German Press Agency (dpa) that the weapons had arrived in Ukraine, but the German Defense Ministry refused to confirm this information.

This policy of secrecy with regard to arms deliveries has hitherto been the dominant line of the German government. However, on Tuesday (June 21), the government published a comprehensive list of all arms and military equipment already delivered or yet to be delivered to Ukraine.


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