BERLIN, May 6 — Germany will ship seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, the defence ministry stated in the present day, ramping up deliveries of heavy weapons to assist Kyiv battle Russia’s invasion.
The Panzerhaubitze 2000s (armoured howitzer 2000) are from the Bundeswehr’s upkeep inventory and never from the pool presently in use by the military.
They come on prime of one other 5 howitzers of the identical mannequin that the Netherlands can be delivering to Ukraine, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht stated throughout a go to to Slovakia.
The German military has about 100 howitzer 2000s in its shares, however solely 40 are fight prepared.
No supply dates had been supplied.
Ukrainian troopers are resulting from start coaching in Germany from subsequent week on utilizing the howitzers.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s authorities has been underneath fireplace for dragging its toes on arming Ukraine in comparison with different Western allies.
After limiting weapon deliveries to primarily defensive armaments, Berlin lastly agreed in late April to ship tanks. — AFP