Ukraine needs more than tanks to win – DW – 9/23/2022

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Peter Kavinsky

The delivery of German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine will not be able to end the war unleashed by Russia, so Germany will have to send not only these, but also other weapons. This opinion was expressed by Vladimir Zelensky in an interview with a German portal. picture on Wednesday 21 Sept.

According to him, armored vehicles have become a matter of survival for the Ukrainian army, and if Germany wants to help save the lives of Ukrainians, German politicians must deal with the supply of more than just tanks. The President of Ukraine explained that he was referring to the Matador anti-tank grenade launchers produced in Germany, armored vehicles that Kiev “really wants and asks” from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as well as “more destructive weapons” than the systems already offered to the United States. land by Germany air defense IRIS-T.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy also noted that Germany should become an example to other states in terms of military support to Ukraine, and not wait for their decisions. “If you don’t want to give us – listen, no offense, you’re an independent state – don’t give it. But don’t try to say, ‘First America, then Germany, then there will be Poland, and all that.’ It is not necessary. Everyone should be responsible for themselves,” Zelensky said.

Scholz refuses to supply ‘only’ battle tanks

Against the background of the success of the counter-offensive of Ukraine’s armed forces in mid-September, the German opposition has again demanded to start deliveries of Western-style tanks to Ukraine – The common thread was the opinion that the acceleration of processes will bring the end of the war unleashed by Russia closer. However, Scholz did not support these calls, stating that: Germany cannot supply military equipmentuntil other western countries approve similar deliveries.

According to the chancellor, Germany is one of the main arms suppliers to Ukraine and, having handed over the Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled guns, has sent Kiev the most modern equipment used in the war against Russian aggression. In addition, only Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom have provided Ukraine with multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).

Germany counted on circular deliveries

More than 200 Soviet-style tanks were transferred from Poland to Ukraine from the start of the war, but this became something of a point of contention between Poland and Germany as the FRG promised to supply the country with modern German tanks in exchange for those sent to Ukraine.

In July, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock tried to respond to criticism of the delay in returns, encourage them to look for other ways to keep promisesgiven by the German authorities to Poland, which is one of the largest arms suppliers to Ukraine.

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Scholz promises more weapons to Ukraine

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