Contents tagged with Germany

  • German Defense Minister: decision on supplying Taurus missiles to Ukraine expected within two weeks

    German authorities may make a decision on supplying Ukraine with Taurus long-range  missiles within one to two weeks, reported Tagesschau, citing German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius.

    "If it takes a week or two for the decision to be made, then so be it," he said at the first Westphalian Peace Conference in Münster.

    Pistorius assured that this does not indicate any doubts from the federal government's side.

    "Germany must demonstrate such caution, even if it is difficult for our Ukrainian …

  • German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall buys 50 Leopard-1 tanks from Belgium for shipment to Ukraine

    The German defense concern Rheinmetall has bought 50 Leopard-1 tanks from Belgium, reports the newspaper Handelsblatt, citing its sources.

    Rheinmetall reportedly purchased Leopard 1 tanks from Belgium to re-equip them and ship about 30 of them to Ukraine.

    According to the newspaper, Rheinmetall initially wanted to buy Leopard tanks from the Swiss defense company Ruag. However, Switzerland did not issue an export license in accordance with its neutrality law, and Rheinmetall had to look for …

  • Kyiv asks Berlin to triple the number of Leopard tanks supplied to Ukraine

    Kyiv asks Germany for even more tanks. "First of all, the Ukrainian army needs a much larger number of Western tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles," said Andriy Melnyk, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister and former ambassador to Germany, in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel.

    He explained that due to the loss of some transferred weapons in battles, "each Leopard 2 is literally worth its weight in gold for the decisive offensive" of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. According …

  • Germany to provide its biggest military aid package to Ukraine

    Germany is preparing the largest military aid package to Ukraine so far in the amount of almost 2.7 billion euros. It will include Marder infantry fighting vehicles, Leopard 1 tanks, Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, IRIS-T SLM air defense systems with ammunition and other types of heavy equipment, said the German Defense Ministry.

    According to Der Spiegel, this package was agreed recently during secret negotiations between the ministries and the Federal Chancellery. The emphasis is on …

  • Germany confirms delivery of second IRIS-T air defense systems to Ukraine

    Germany has officially confirmed the delivery of the second Iris-T SLM anti-aircraft missile system to Ukraine.

    In addition to this air defense system, Germany has delivered eight more Zetros trucks manufactured by Mercedes-Benz, which are designed for operation in extreme off-road conditions. In total, the Ukrainian military has already received 84 such vehicles.

    Germany also delivered two 8x6 trucks with eight auto-loader units.

    Earlier, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov …

  • Germany to send another shipment of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

    Germany will begin the delivery of several dozen Leopard tanks of the 1A5 modification to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the middle of the year, said in an interview with La Vanguardia German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.

    Pistorius noted that Berlin kept its promise and in March delivered over 18 modern Leopard 2A6 and 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles, as well as other military aid packages, including the necessary spare parts and ammunition.

    "The delivery of the Leopard 1A5 battle …

  • Germany is expelling more than 30 Russian diplomats

    Germany has decided to expel more than 30 Russian diplomats. Berlin suspects them of espionage. The German magazine Focus clarified, citing information from the German security agencies, that Russian diplomats are suspected of using diplomatic immunity to illegally recruit informants in politics, business, science, and the military.

    In response, Moscow is taking "mirror measures", according to the statement published by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "The German authorities have …

  • German Defense Minister: Ukraine has the right to attack military targets in Russian territory

    German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius believes that the operations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Russian territory amid Russian invasion of Ukraine are quite acceptable, reports the German newspaper Zeit.

    In his opinion, it is quite normal for the attacked side to enter the enemy’s territory in order, in particular, to block the enemy's supply routes.

    "As long as cities, civilians, civilian facilities are not attacked, you will have to accept it. Reluctantly, but it's part of it, for …

  • At Germany’s request Armenia begins cracking down on flow of sanctioned goods to Russia

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was warned during his March visit to Germany about the need to block channels for "parallel exports" of goods and stop making money transfers to Russia, reports the Armenian news outlet Hraparak.

    According to sources of the publication, Pashinyan was "seriously concerned" about these requirements. Upon arrival in Armenia, he convened a meeting attended by the heads of the Central Bank and the State Revenue Committee, as well as members of the government. …

  • German Defense Minister: Ukraine will have 6 battalions of Leopard tanks

    NATO countries will deliver to Ukraine two battalions of Leopard 2 tanks, as well as four battalions of Leopard 1. In total, this is 160 tanks, said German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius in an interview for the newspaper Die Welt.

    According to him, Germany, Poland, and other allies will send Ukraine two battalions of Leopard 2 consisting of 60 tanks. And by the end of the year, four battalions of Leopard 1 - 100 tanks will be added to them.

    At the same time, the minister noted that it is …