Ukraine criticizes Germany for not delivering tanks

Foreign Minister Kuleba criticized Germany for not delivering the tanks, saying that Ukraine did not have what it needed most in the batch of weapons that had been and will be delivered.

“We asked for the main battle tank Leopard and the infantry fighting vehicle Marder, Germany to provide armored personnel carriers Dingo,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview published by the newspaper. Frankfurter Allgemeine Posted on September 16th.

“We are grateful to them, but that’s not what we need most in combat. What’s the problem? Why can’t we have what we need and what Germany has?”, said Mr. Kuleba. . “I have the impression that there is a wall to prevent weapons in Berlin. I think the time is right to tear down this wall.”

Kuleba’s comments were published after German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on September 15 that Germany would deliver to Ukraine two MARS II multiple rocket launchers, 200 missiles and 50 Dingo armored personnel carriers.

German main tank Leopard 2 in formation during the exercise in Munster in May 2019.  Photo: Reuters.

German main tank Leopard 2 in formation during the exercise in Munster in May 2019. Image: Reuters.

Despite repeated requests from Ukraine, Germany has so far refused to deliver the Leopard main battle tank and the Marder infantry fighting vehicle. German officials say none of their allies have shipped Western-made main battle tanks to Ukraine, and that Berlin will “not go it alone” in delivering weapons to Kiev.

Germany has delivered to Ukraine 24 Gepard self-propelled air defense systems, 10 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, about 3,000 Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank shells with 900 launchers, 500 FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defense missiles and 2,700 missiles. Strela air defense system from the Soviet era, along with many personal weapons, ammunition and other military supplies.

The German government said it had provided funding for Denmark to upgrade 54 M113 armored personnel carriers and deliver them to Ukraine. Germany is also expected to send Ukraine six more Gepard anti-aircraft guns and some IRIS-T medium-range air defense missile systems, but the number is unknown.

Nguyen Tien (Theo AFP)

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