German will send tanks to Ukraine. This is the first time Germany has publicly provided direct military assistance to Ukraine in the midst of an invasion Russia.
German Defense Minister, Christine Lambrecht, announced this plan in a speech at a meeting of the defense ministers of 40 countries held by the US at the Ramstein military base on Tuesday (26/4).
Based on the speech draft viewed 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-MaffeiWegmann (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.
Some viewed Scholz’s leadership as weak and that his party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), was too reluctant to break away from their cautious policy towards Russia.
Now, criticism is starting to grow within his own governing coalition, which consists of the SDP, the Green Party, and the liberal FDP party.
Scholz coalition party documents received AFP urged the German government to “continue, and if possible, increase deliveries of necessary weapons to Ukraine, including increasing deliveries of heavy weapons and complex systems.”
Through the document, the coalition party also suggested that Ukrainian troops be trained to use weapons in Germany and other NATO countries.