Germany has announced that it will send 50 Dingo armored personnel carriers and two MARS volley rocket launchers with ammunition to Ukraine. However, the offer does not include Leopard tanks and Marder armored personnel carriers, which Kyiv has been desperately asking for.
This was announced by Ukrainian Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht on Thursday at a Bundeswehr conference in Berlin, DW reported. She said it was encouraging to see what successes Ukraine had achieved just in the past few days and with the help of German weapons.
The announcement came after Berlin faced heavy pressure from NATO allies, Kyiv and local politicians to help Ukrainian forces in their war against the Russian invasion.
The defense minister added that training of Ukrainian operators on the MARS II launchers is expected to start this month.
Additionally, Greece will send 40 Soviet-built BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine under a deal that would see Greece receive 40 Marder IFVs from Germany in return.
As Ukraine continues to push Russian occupation forces in the east and south of the country, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted Tuesday that he was disappointed by Germany’s refusal to equip his country’s armed forces with the requested Leopard tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles.
Germany is one of the world’s leading arms producers and exporters, with South Korea, Algeria and Egypt being the largest buyers. Ukraine is also a buyer of German armaments. However, since the deployment of Russian troops on its border, Kyiv has been demanding that Berlin send heavy weapon systems.
Germany has denied Ukraine’s request for heavy weapons and even barred other nations from sending German-origin military equipment, citing its history and guilt in Nazi crimes and its policy of not sending deadly weapons to conflict zones.
However, a DW fact check revealed that Germany is not consistently sticking to its principle of not supplying weapons to crisis regions. According to reports, the federal government has repeatedly approved arms deliveries to countries that are parties to conflicts or are themselves crisis areas.
Referring to Germany’s moral and historical responsibility towards the Russians for Nazi crimes, the Russian ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev condemned Berlin’s decision as crossing the “red line” in a recent interview.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who has been accused of taking a timid stand against Russia, possibly due to domestic pressure, called Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone on Tuesday to seek a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine, calling for a ceasefire complete withdrawal of Russian troops and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/germany-send-rocket-launchers-armored-vehicles-ukraine-wont-supply-tanks-1838430?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Germany sends rocket launchers and armored vehicles to Ukraine; Will not deliver tanks