The country’s defense minister says that ‘Gepard’ anti-aircraft systems and ammunition have been delivered to Ukraine.
Ukraine has received its first shipment of the German ‘Gepard’ anti-aircraft system, along with thousands of rounds of suitable ammunition, according to a statement from Defense Minister Alexei Riznikov on Monday.
“We are waiting for the first 15 Cheetahs. Three arrived in Ukraine today. They are already in the possession of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Reznikov said on national television. “These are anti-aircraft systems, for which tens of thousands of ammunition have been transferred to us.
Germany had previously promised to supply at least 30 ‘Gepard’ air defense tanks to Ukraine. The first shipment of 15 tanks is expected to arrive before the end of this month, while another 15 will be delivered in August.
Monday’s delivery is the second time Germany has handed over heavy weapons to Ukraine after transferring seven Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled armored howitzers along with other military hardware in mid-June.
So far, Berlin has supplied Ukraine’s armed forces with 3,000 Panzerfaust 3 man-portable anti-tank rocket launchers, 14,900 anti-tank mines, 500 American-designed Stingers, and 2,700 Soviet-designed Strela man-portable anti-air missiles. In addition, 100 MG3 machine guns, 50 bunker busting rockets for launchers, 21.8 million rounds of ammunition for light weapons and 100,000 grenades have also been provided.
However, some Ukrainian officials have criticized the German government for lagging behind the United States and Britain in arms supplies, despite Russia’s continued supply of various weapons to Kyiv since the start of Russia’s military operation in February. .
Meanwhile, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has insisted that Berlin cannot do this “give a lot” And that he would not send arms to Kyiv at the cost of his defense capabilities.
Russia has repeatedly warned the West against sending arms to Kyiv, saying it would only prolong the conflict, increase the death toll and have long-term consequences.
Moscow sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, which were designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “build a stronger armed forces”.
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian attack was completely unprovoked.
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