Germany will supply heavy artillery to Ukraine after all. The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports this. According to the newspaper, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht will make that commitment on Tuesday during a meeting at the German airbase Ramstein, where the United States and 40 allies will discuss the situation in Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, these are Cheetah-type tanks. Such tanks have radar and two 35-millimetre guns, with which air and ground targets can be fired upon. The weapons company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann would be allowed to build the tanks and send them to Ukraine. The company will build them from parts and tanks already owned by the German Bundeswehr.
During that meeting, it will be looked at how Ukraine’s defences – which, according to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, “can win” against Russia if given the means – can be strengthened.
The German decision marks a significant turn in the country’s hitherto cautious policy regarding the provision of military aid to Ukraine. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said earlier this month that Ukraine had “run out” of weapons and that Germany could no longer supply anything. However, he was heavily criticized by his Central European and Baltic neighbours for that refusal, which some consider being a partial continuation of the pro-Russian bias of his party, the Social Democratic SPD.
The discussion is also alive in Germany itself. The Greens and Liberals, among others, have considered support to Ukraine to be insufficient for some time and have been urging for several weeks to give the green light for the delivery of more equipment, including armoured vehicles.