Germany to send 2,000 additional anti-tank weapons to Ukraine
Berlin increases its military supplies to Kiev, as the German FM says Germany is one of the biggest suppliers of arms to Ukraine in the current situation.
Germany will send 2,000 additional anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, a parliamentary source told AFP on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian forces have already received 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger-type surface-to-air missile launchers from the German army.
Berlin has also provided around 500 Strela surface-to-air missiles out of 2,700 promised.
The parliamentary source, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the 2,000 additional anti-tank weapons would be sent to Ukraine, confirming information circulating in the German media.
RT reporter Igor Zhdanov: "The Ukrainian troops retreating near Kiev dropped their Western weapons right in the boxes with all the paperwork. Here's what came with the Panzerfaust-3: you can trace the entire path of this particular weapon, thanks to German thoroughness." pic.twitter.com/Fs0Q6G89oJ— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) March 20, 2022
"We are one of the biggest suppliers of arms to Ukraine in the current situation," German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told the parliament on Wednesday.
"This does not make us proud, but this is what we must do now to help Ukraine," she added.
Baerbock told the parliament that the rest of the weapons promised to Ukraine were "on their way."
Germany had been reluctant to send weapons to Ukraine. But Chancellor Olaf Scholz changed that policy after the start of Russia's special military operation.
Berlin had previously prohibited itself from exporting lethal weapons to conflict zones because of its history under Nazism.