Germany to send more military assistance to Ukraine and Leopard tanks to Czech Republic
Germany promises to provide Ukraine with new modern weapons and support in building its own air defense, Ukrinform reports. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made a statement in his "European speech" at Charles University in Prague on August 29, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
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German army Leopard 2A4 main battle tank. (Picture source: Wattpad)
Scholz said that "in the coming weeks and months, Ukraine will receive [from Germany] new, very modern weapons: air defense equipment, radar systems, reconnaissance drones, etc... Our goal is the modern Armed Forces of Ukraine that can protect their country in the long term."
According to the German Chancellor, the latest security assistance package from Germany exceeds 600 million euros. He added that the Federal Republic of Germany together with the Netherlands launched an initiative aimed at distributing tasks among Ukraine's partners for the long term, and this initiative should be approved as soon as possible. According to it, Germany, for example, assumes "special responsibility" in building up Ukrainian artillery and air defense.
Scholz emphasized that Russian president Putin could not put up with a united Europe as it did not fit into his world. Hence, it is all the more essential to provide Ukraine with economic, financial, political, humanitarian, and military support. "We will continue providing this support reliably and as long as it takes," he promised.
At the same time, the politician noted that the reconstruction of destroyed Ukraine would be a "task for generations" and require significant international efforts and a "smart strategy." This will be discussed, in particular, at the expert conference in Berlin on October 25, to which Scholz and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen would invite Ukraine and its partners from around the world.
Germany to provide 14 Leopard 2A4 MBTs and one Büffel armored recovery vehicle to the Czech Republic
According to an official tweet from Christian Thiels, of the German ministry of Defense, Germany will supply the Czech Republic with 14 Leopard 2A4 MBTs and one Büffel armored recovery vehicle from industrial stocks. This was already reported by Army Recognition on May 22: according to information published by the Czech "CTK" news website on May 20, 2022, the Czech Minister of Defense Jana Černochová confirms the donation by Germany of 14 Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and one Buffel armored recovery vehicle based on Leopard 2 chassis. This Leopard 2A4 tanks delivery agreement to the Czech Republic will be in exchange for the supply of Czech army T-72 MBTs to Ukraine.
Citing information from the press department of the Czech Ministry of Defense, the donation of the 14 Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) has now been agreed with the German Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht. Both countries, Germany and Czech Republic are preparing the drafting of the official contract for the donation of these tanks that could be signed in the summer. The first tanks could be delivered in the next six months.
The first Leopard 2A4 MBTs could be delivered this year to the Czech Republic, and Germany has already planned to modernize these tanks in the future. The training of the Czech soldiers to use the Leopard 2A4 tanks will start this year. The delivery of the Leopard 2A4 to the Czech Republic will also include spare parts and ammunition.
Büffel armored recovery vehicle (Picture source: Army Recognition)