The Government of Germany has informed this Saturday in a statement of its decision to send “as soon as possible” to Ukraine thousand anti-tank grenade launcher and 500 Stinger air defense missiles belonging to the German armed forces to support the Ukrainian troops.
“The Russian aggression against Ukraine marks a change of era. It threatens our entire post-war order. In this situation, it is our obligation to support Ukraine to the best of our ability in defending against the invading army of Vladimir Putin,” Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz said.
“The Russian invasion marks a turning point. It is our duty to support Ukraine to the best of our ability in defending against Putin’s invading army. That is why we are delivering 1000 anti-tank weapons and 500 #Stinger missiles to our friends in #ukraine.“
— Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz (@Bundeskanzler) February 26, 2022
Scholz has reiterated that “Germany is on the side of Ukraine”according to the statement released by the Executive spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit.
The Government has also confirmed through another spokesman the authorization to the Netherlands for the supply of 400 German-produced anti-tank grenade launchers and to Estonia for the shipment of nine D-30 howitzers and ammunition for the armed forces of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR ).
Previously, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, and the Minister of the Economy, Robert Habeck, had reported on Twitter the support of the German Government to equip Ukraine militarily.
“After Russia’s shameful attack, Ukraine must be able to defend itself. It has the inalienable right to self-defense. Therefore, the government supports Ukraine by equipping it with urgently needed material,” they said.
Breaks its ban on exporting national weapons to conflict zones
The Ministry of Economy and Climate has also informed of the authorization for sending 14 armored vehicles intended for the personal protection and, if necessary, for evacuation purposesBesides of supply of 10,000 tons of fuel via Poland.
Hours earlier, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, had expressed his hope that the German government would give the green light this Saturday for the supply of defensive weapons to Ukraine, something that the Executive led by Scholz had refused until now.
Melnyk had rightly stated that the two main types of defensive weapons that Ukraine needs are anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles, “in order to stop the ground offensive and secure the air space”.
The Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has reiterated this Saturday in Berlin before meeting with Scholz and with the Lithuanian President, Gitanas Nauseda, that Ukraine needs “real help” for its soldiers and has criticized the sending by Germany of only 5,000 helmets, which he has described as a “joke”.
The shipment of arms is a historical exception because it breaks its ban on exporting national weapons to conflict zones.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.