For a long time, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had a problem with arms deliveries to Ukraine. “Nobody delivers on a similar scale as Germany does,” Scholz said repeatedly, most recently during a visit to Lithuania.
But that could not be checked. Which weapons systems and how many pieces the federal government brought to Ukraine should remain secret.
There had always been ambiguities and contradictory information. Union faction leader Friedrich Merz (CDU) finally accused the Chancellor in the Bundestag that “almost nothing was delivered to weapons”. Scholz is playing a “double game”, criticized Merz.
Now the federal government has changed course and published all previous arms deliveries. “The federal government has now decided to adapt the procedure for publishing military support to the practice of our closest allies, such as the USA,” said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit on Tuesday.
A total of 38 positions are on the list.
The federal government does not provide any information about the time of delivery. Nothing is to be published about the logistics, i.e. how the material was brought to the Ukraine, for “security reasons”.
It is striking that Germany has not yet finally delivered any heavy weapons to Ukraine, the delivery of which was long discussed in the federal government. However, the federal government lists what is being prepared for this and some of which is still associated with repair measures.
Accordingly, the government intends to hand over seven self-propelled howitzers 2000, three MARS multiple rocket launchers with ammunition, 30 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, the IRIS air defense system and 54 M113 armored personnel carriers with armament to Ukraine.
In addition, the ammunition deliveries are to be increased again significantly. 10,000 rounds of artillery ammunition, 53,000 rounds of anti-aircraft tank ammunition and 5.8 million rounds of small arms ammunition are announced on the list.
Government spokesman Hebestreit announced that the list would now be updated regularly: “Further military support services will be added.”
Talks are also being held with Central and Eastern European countries that still have weapons and equipment from the former Warsaw Pact. “They deliver this to the Ukraine and receive weapon systems from German industrial stocks as a replacement from Germany in a ring exchange,” said Hebestreit.