Germany has long kept a secret about what weapons go to Ukraine. Today, the federal government gave up its secrecy and put a detailed list of the deliveries made on the Internet (you can read more about this from my colleague Felix Hackenbruch here).
There are 38 positions on the list. From sleeping bags to hand grenades. The list also includes the weapons promised for the future, including heavy equipment such as howitzers and multiple rocket launchers. The list should be continuously updated.
There was a reason for that today. As the Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov announced on Twitter in the afternoon, the first German self-propelled howitzers arrived in Ukraine in 2000. “Our artillery units will bring heat to the battlefield with it,” he wrote. Ukrainian soldiers have been trained for this in Germany in recent weeks.
Resnikov thanked his German colleague Christine Lambrecht in the tweet. But the delivery doesn’t just strengthen their position. Chancellor Scholz can now also point out that his words of support for Ukraine are more than just words. He can now more credibly counter some criticism of his allegedly too hesitant course in Ukraine.
Of course, Germany has only promised Ukraine a total of seven howitzers because it is said that there are no more. But it is clear that more will have to follow, because the losses of material among the Ukrainians are high. Today, a drone video from the Russian Ministry of Defense made the rounds on Twitter showing the destruction of three US M777 howitzers at the front.
relations with the West have been damaged in the long term. “We will never trust the West again,” he added. Read more about this here.
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