Military aid: Pistorius promises Ukraine more weapons

Military aid: Pistorius promises Ukraine more weapons

The German government is focusing its military aid for Ukraine on air defence systems. However, other weapons are also to be delivered in the short term.

Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) has promised Ukraine further arms deliveries. This includes the delivery of small arms, including sniper rifles. “We will make this possible quickly,” said Pistorius during a joint visit with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj to a military training area in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Ukrainian soldiers are being trained on the Patriot air defense system. Support is also being provided for anti-tank weapons, components for artillery ammunition, and in the area of ​​drones and drone defense.

100 additional Patriot guided missiles

In addition, an additional 100 Patriot guided missiles are being provided as part of a German initiative together with Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway. 32 have already been delivered, and 68 will follow in the next few weeks. Pistorius pointed out that two weeks ago he had promised an aid package worth almost 500 million euros. This includes wheeled howitzers, 350 drone systems, 300 artillery tubes and urgently needed ammunition for air defense.

Zelenskyj thanked them for their support and awarded some of the Ukrainian soldiers, all of whom have combat experience in war, with medals and orders. Most of the soldiers being trained at the site come from temporarily occupied areas in Ukraine. “They are motivated to train quickly, to return to their homes and to bring back victory,” said Zelenskyj, who arrived by helicopter from Berlin. There he took part in an international reconstruction conference for his country and then gave a speech in the Bundestag.

Source: Stern

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