Lambrecht: Howitzer delivery for Ukraine is imminent

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Lambrecht: Howitzer delivery for Ukraine is imminent

Christina Lambrecht

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has announced the delivery of howitzers to Ukraine. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

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The training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany is almost complete, says Defense Minister Lambrecht. Accordingly, they can be relocated promptly with appropriate howitzers.

According to Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, the heavy artillery pieces destined for Ukraine from Germany can soon be brought there.

“The training is almost complete. And now the Ukrainian soldiers who were trained on it can then be transferred to Ukraine with the tank howitzers,” said the SPD politician on Thursday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. According to her, the promised delivery of decommissioned anti-aircraft tanks of the Gepard type is also imminent: “The Cheetahs will now be able to be delivered promptly.”

She also referred to the commitment to deliver multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine jointly with the US and UK. “Germany will participate with three such systems, but also with the corresponding number of missiles, spare parts and here again the training,” said Lambrecht. According to her, the Bundeswehr’s obligations to provide technology within NATO do not allow for more. “The test showed that we can deliver two such systems plus one in reserve.”

In addition, the exchange of rings with NATO partners, who are handing over older weapons of Soviet design to Ukraine and could get replacements from Germany, is “on the right track,” said Lambrecht. “We are currently in the process of implementation with the Czech Republic.” And: “We are in talks and in exchange with Greece, and also with Poland, with Slovenia.”

Lithuania supplies armored vehicles to Ukraine

Ukraine has received armored vehicles from Lithuania as military aid for the war against Russia. With the handover of M113 personnel carriers, a delivery worth around 15.5 million euros has been completed, the Lithuanian army announced in Vilnius on Thursday. The EU and NATO member had previously provided ten off-road mine clearance vehicles and ten trucks.

According to Lithuania, it has provided military aid worth around 115 million euros since the Russian attack at the end of February. Weapons included Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, and mortars.

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