German will send seven howitzer anti-aircraft tanks to the capital Kyiv to arm Ukrainian forces against Russia.
German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said the seven tanks were in addition to the five howitzers currently being delivered by the Netherlands.
The seven tanks were taken from the supply of Bundeswehr tanks under repair and not from the usual fleet used by the German military.
Overall, the Germans have a total of 100 2000 howitzer tanks in their fleet, but only 40 tanks are combat-ready.
So far, the exact date of delivery of the tanks has not been confirmed, but from next week Ukrainian soldiers are scheduled for training using this type of tank in Germany.
Previously, Germany was reprimanded for neglecting to arm Ukraine compared to other fast-moving Western countries.
After limiting arms shipments to defensive weapons, Germany finally agreed to send tanks in early April.
Based on the speech draft seen AFPLambrecht said that the government agreed to sign off on the delivery of Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine.
A government source said the tanks would be delivered through the arms company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), not from the German military.
Sources say the tank has not been in use for ten years and needs to be technically updated.
The delivery of these tanks was considered a surprise considering that the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, had said that he would not send heavy weapons to Ukraine in order to avoid a confrontation with Russia.