100 days after the start of the Ukraine war, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (PD) received the Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefantschuk in Berlin on Friday. Stefantschuk came to the Chancellery in military gear, Scholz greeted him there in a suit and tie.
On Thursday, at the start of his visit to Germany, the President of the Parliament called for the delivery of German Leopard and Marder tanks to Ukraine to fight against the Russian attackers. “Of course, what we need most of all is modern weapons. We can also fight and hold out with old weapons from old stocks, but the newer weapons are more efficient,” he said after a meeting with MPs, according to the official translation. “That’s why we’re expecting both the martens and the leopards.”
Stefantschuk welcomed the fact that Scholz announced the delivery of further heavy weapons to Ukraine in the Bundestag on Wednesday. However, he emphasized that these must now be delivered quickly. Around 100 people are killed and around 500 wounded every day in Ukraine. “It would therefore be nice if the time (…) between the decision and the actual delivery was kept as short as possible.” Stefantschuk also wanted to meet Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday.
Scholz had announced three new weapons deliveries on Wednesday in the general debate in the Bundestag: Ukraine is to receive the Iris-T air defense system and a Cobra-type artillery tracking radar from German industry. In addition, four Mars II multiple rocket launchers with a range of up to 40 kilometers are to be supplied from Bundeswehr stocks. Two more heavy weapon systems had already been promised beforehand: 50 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks and seven Panzerhaubitzen 2000 – heavy artillery pieces.
On Wednesday in the Bundestag, the chancellor announced the delivery of the Iris-T and a locating radar to be used to detect artillery positions. Germany also wants to deliver four multiple rocket launchers from Bundeswehr stocks to Ukraine.
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