Kyiv says sophisticated German artillery now deployed in Ukraine

Ukrainian Defence Minister thanks his German counterpart after seven howitzers promised by Germany arrived in Ukraine



A tank with mounted howitzers (Panzerhaubitze 2000) of the German armed forces. — AFP file
A tank with mounted howitzers (Panzerhaubitze 2000) of the German armed forces. — AFP file

By AFP

Published: Tue 21 Jun 2022, 8:21 PM

Ukraine said on Tuesday it had “finally” deployed an advanced German artillery system, in the latest delivery of the long-range precision weapons that it has been calling for.

“Panzerhaubitze 2000 are finally part of 155mm howitzer arsenal of the Ukrainian artillery,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on social media, thanking his German counterpart Christine Lambrecht.

Germany said last month it would send seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, ramping up deliveries of heavy weapons to help Kyiv battle Russia’s invasion.

A source in Ukraine’s embassy in Berlin told AFP that all seven howitzers promised by Germany arrived in Ukraine.

The German army has about 100 howitzer 2000s in its stocks, but only 40 are combat ready.

The United States, France and other Ukraine allies have vowed further supplies of heavy weapons for Kyiv, and deliveries from Washington are due in Ukraine this month.

The West has sent weapons into Ukraine to help it fight the Kremlin’s forces, but Kyiv complains it has only received a fraction of what it needs and is clamouring for heavier weaponry.


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