According to the newspaper, a week after the promise of Chancellor Olaf Scholz to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine in the near future, only spare parts were transferred to Kyiv
Despite the statements of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Germany has not yet transferred a single unit to Ukraine heavy weapons. This is reported by Spiegel, citing an email sent to security politicians.
The letter says, in part, that this week “no additions” to the delivered weapons were not reported. In addition, the government also does not intend to publicly publish lists of weapons delivery, the newspaper writes.
On June 1, Scholz announced that Germany would supply Ukraine with modern IRIS-T air defense systems: they would be transferred to Kyiv in the coming weeks. The Armed Forces of Ukraine will also receive a modern radar station and 12 PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts (ACS) from Germany.
Nevertheless, according to Spiegel, only spare parts have been transferred to Kyiv over the past few weeks.
Germany has long adhered to the policy of refusing to supply weapons to Ukraine, but revised it after the start of the Russian military operation on February 24, while maintaining an unspoken ban on the supply of heavy weapons.
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Delays in the delivery of heavy weapons cause disagreements between Kyiv and Berlin. As Welt reported in mid-May, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, discussing this issue with German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht, “lost his temper.” According to the newspaper, he demanded an answer about the supply of tanks and a quick solution to the issue of ammunition.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk argued that Scholz did not really intend to implement the call of the Bundestag and supply Kyiv with heavy weapons. In an interview with RND, Melnyk agreed with the journalist's statement that the choice of Gepard for delivery to Ukraine is a farce, since the FRG has only 23 thousand shells for them, which is enough for just half an hour of operation of one installation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that by supplying Ukraine with weapons, the West contributes to the “continuation of bloodshed.” “This is both a business and a hell of a carousel, and, among other things, the main goal— destabilization of the region»,— said the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova. The Ministry of Defense claimed that convoys with military assistance from NATO countries would become a “legitimate target” for the Russian military.
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