The German government has agreed to send more heavy weapons to Ukraine, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on Friday
The latest weapons deliveries will include seven self-propelled howitzer artillery systems (Panzerhaubitze 2000), Lambrecht said during a visit with German soldiers in Slovakia on Friday, on 06 May.
The training of Ukrainian troops on the artillery weapons can start next week in Germany, she told reporters in the Slovak town Sliac where she was supposed to meet her Dutch counterpart later today.
The German army has about 100 howitzer 2000s in its stocks, but only 40 are combat ready.
“These seven howitzers are exactly the kind of heavy weapons that Ukraine has been asking Germany to provide,” said DW’s chief political correspondent Melinda Crane.
“The German government has repeatedly been accused by the leadership in Kyiv of not doing enough to help defend it against the Russian and until 10 days ago Berlin had been quite reluctant to provide heavy weapons, but Chancellor Scholz appears to have changed course,” Crane added.
The move comes after a major shift in German policy to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, including “Gepard” anti-aircraft systems.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has faced increasing criticism over Germany not doing enough to help Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.