German howitzers arrive in Ukraine

Ukraine has called on the West to send artillery, as the country has run out of ammunition for its Soviet-era arsenal, which is overtaken by Russia’s.

“We have resupply! … 2000 German Panzerhaubitze with trained Ukrainian crews have joined the Ukrainian artillery family,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on social media.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 is one of the most powerful artillery weapons in the Bundeswehr’s inventory and can hit targets at a distance of 40 km.

Germany promised in May to provide Kiev with seven self-propelled howitzers, in addition to the five such artillery systems promised by the Netherlands.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, posted a list of other weapons promised by Germany, including 30 Cheetah tanks and three multiple MARS II missile launchers, as well as 500 Stinger rockets fired from the shoulder.

Kiev has previously said it needs 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks and 1,000 drones, among other heavy weapons, to repel Russian troops, which invaded the country on February 24 and occupied about 20 percent of its territory.

Other countries that have provided Ukraine with self-propelled and towed howitzers include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Norway and Poland.

(source: AFP)

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