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  • Berlin blocks Spain from sending German made tanks to Ukraine

    Germany did not allow Spain to send German Leopard 2 A4 tanks to Ukraine, reports Der Spiegel.

    Spain planned to send to the Ukrainian Armed Forces 40 tanks produced in the 90s. According to international trade rules, the permission was supposed to be obtained from the country producing the tanks. But Germany refused to allow the delivery. In addition, according to Der Spiegel, Germany warned Spain that this step would deviate from the decision taken by other Western allies not to supply tanks …

  • German Foreign Minister: it will take months to supply promised air defense systems to Ukraine

    It will take months for Germany to supply Ukraine with the German IRIS-T SLM air defense systems, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during a speech in the Bundestag.

    When asked about the delivery of IRIS-T SLM to Kyiv, which was previously announced by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Baerbock said: "Yes, it will take months."

    The Minister explained the delay by the fact that the weapons will be supplied by the manufacturer Diehl directly to Ukraine, and not from Bundeswehr warehouses. …

  • Germany to send 15 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine in July

    Germany will deliver 15 Flakpanzer Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine in July.

    Speaking after a meeting Friday between German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and her Ukrainian counterpart, Olexii Resnokiv, a Lambrecht said the anti-aircraft system will be used to defend critical infrastructure in Ukraine.

    Germany will provide training support as well as 60,000 rounds of ammunition.

    Lambrecht explained that the Gepard is an effective weapon with a "considerable deterrent …

  • Germany to supply anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine

    The German government is likely to allow the supply of Flakpanzer Gepard anti-aircraft self-propelled guns from its industrial reserves to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, repots Der Spiegel, citing its sources.

    According to the newspaper, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht will announce this today at an Allied conference at the Ramstein air base in Germany.

    Also, according to the source, she will announce that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be trained to operate Panzerhaubitze 2000 …

  • Switzerland vetoes supply of heavy weapons from Germany to Ukraine

    The position of the Swiss authorities may become an unexpected obstacle for supplying heavy weapons from Germany to Ukraine. The Swiss government has vetoed  Germany’s request to ship Swiss-made ammunition used in the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to Ukraine, the Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung reported, citing a representative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

    "SECO has received two requests from Germany for the shipment of ammunition previously produced in …

  • German company Rheinmetall asks Berlin for permission to supply 100 Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine

    A subsidiary of the German defense holding Rheinmetall has asked the German government for permission to supply 100 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IVF) to Ukraine, reports the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

    According to the newspaper, the request was received by the Ministry of Economy of Germany and was immediately transferred to the Federal Security Council, which, in addition to the head of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, includes the head of the Federal Chancellor's Office, as well as …

  • Germany will pay a record amount for Russian oil and gas in 2022

    At the end of 2022, Germany will pay Russia for oil and gas 3 billion euros more than a year earlier. This is double the amount paid last year. The payment amount will  reach a record 33.9 billion euros, reports Greenpeace.

    According to Greenpeace, Germany's spending on Russian oil is expected to grow from 11.4 billion euros in 2021 to 14.3 billion euros in 2022. Spending on Russian gas will double - from 8.8 billion euros to 17.6 billion euros. Another 2.1 billion euros will be paid for …

  • German company Rheinmetall says it is ready to supply tanks to Ukraine

    The German defense concern Rheinmetall is ready to provide a shipment of used Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. "The first Leopard 1 can be delivered within six weeks," said Armin Papperger, chairman of the board of directors, in an interview with the newspaper Handelsblatt. To begin deliveries to Ukraine the company will need consent of the German government.

    According to Papperger, Rheinmetall can supply up to 50 Leopard 1 tanks from the old stock of the armies of other countries. The status of …

  • Berlin: Germany has reached its limit for supplying weapons to Ukraine

    German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Germany had reached the limit on the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the warehouses of the Bundeswehr.

    "Of course, we are urged to support Ukraine in its courageous struggle. As for supplies from the Bundeswehr warehouses, I must honestly say: we have now reached the limit, because our troops should still be able to guarantee the national defense and defense of the Alliance," she said in an interview with Augsburger Allgemeine.

    At the …

  • Der Spiegel: in intercepted radio communications obtained by German intelligence Russian soldiers speak about killings in Bucha

    The Federal Intelligence Service of Germany (BND) allegedly intercepted radio communications of the Russian military, which contain new information about the massacre in the town of Bucha near Kyiv, reports Der Spiegel.

    In radio messages, the Russians discussed the killings of civilians in Bucha. Some radio conversations can be correlated with the specific dead bodies in the photos from Bucha.

    In particular, the German intelligence service has radio messages, the content of which correlates …