Germany gives full breakdown of military aid for Ukraine
Germany has for the first time made public the exact numbers and types of weapons, ammunition, and other military aid it has already delivered or is preparing to deliver to Ukraine.
Published on Tuesday on the government’s official website, the data is prefaced by a short clarification. The note states that the list includes both “contributions from the stockpiles of the German military,” as well as the weapons purchased directly from German manufacturers and paid for by Berlin.
The statement also details that in 2022, a total of €2 billion will be earmarked from Germany’s budget for these shipments, and to fund the country’s contributions to the European Peace Facility (EPF), which is the EU’s “off-budget instrument aimed at enhancing the Union’s ability to prevent conflicts, build peace and strengthen international security.”
According to the document, the EPF can be used to refund EU members states for the support they provide to Ukraine.
Among the lethal weapons Berlin has supplied to Kiev so far are 3,000 Panzerfaust 3 man-portable anti-tank rocket launchers, 500 US-designed Stinger and 2,700 Soviet-designed Strela man-portable anti-aircraft missiles. On top of that, 100 MG3 machine guns, 14,900 anti-tank mines, 50 bunker-busting rockets for rocket launchers, 16 million rounds of ammunition for light weapons, and 100,000 hand grenades have been delivered. As for non-lethal military aid, 23,000 combat helmets, 178 unarmored and 30 armored vehicles, first aid kits and other medical supplies, as well as spare parts for the MiG29 Soviet-designed fighter jets were provided by Germany to Ukraine.
The list of items Berlin is preparing to ship features a number of heavy weapons which Kiev has long been soliciting from its Western allies. A German official noted in the document that for security reasons, they would abstain from disclosing any additional details and dates until the successful handover of these systems.
Among the items to be delivered to Ukraine are seven self-propelled armored howitzers, 54 US-designed M113 armored personnel carriers sourced from Denmark, 30 self-propelled anti-aircraft Gepard guns with ammunition, one German-made IRIS-T SLM air-defense system, three US-made M270 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), along with missiles and 10,000 artillery shells as well as radars and anti-drone guns.
Germany, along with a number of other EU member states, the US, UK, Canada, and Australia have been providing Ukraine with weapons since the start of Russia’s offensive against the country in late February.
Unlike the US and UK, Germany has so far stopped short of delivering heavy weapons to Kiev.
Although Berlin gave the green light to these shipments in late April, the hardware has still apparently not made its way to Ukraine. Media reports have cited, among other things, the lack of suitable ammunition as the reason for the delay.
The Ukrainian government has increasingly expressed its impatience and frustration with Germany. President Volodymyr Zelensky and Andrey Melnik, the ambassador to Berlin, have repeatedly rebuked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government for their failure to deliver the promised weapons.
Russia has repeatedly condemned the shipping of weapons to Ukraine by its Western allies, claiming they will not change the course of the conflict, but will only serve to prolong it. Officials in Moscow have also warned that the weapons could eventually end up in the hands of terrorists and criminals elsewhere.