Germany authorizes shipment of tanks with anti-aircraft capability to Ukraine

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Krauss-Maffei Wegmann could send 50 units to the Ukraine.

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The German government gave the green light for the shipment to Ukraine of Gepard-type tanks, with anti-aircraft defense capacity, belonging to the stocks of the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) consortium, according to German media.

KMW, according to information, would have received authorization to sell to kyiv tanks of that type, which can also be used against ground targets.

The magazine “Der Spiegel” argues that it is possible that the Defense Minister, Christine Lambrecht, make an announcement about it during a conference on Ukraine at the US Rammstein base which with the assistance of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

In addition, Lambrecht is expected to announce that the German army will offer the Ukrainian army training on the use of a weapon system sent by the Netherlands. With the two announcements, the German government meets the criticism that Germany has received for its reluctance to send heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Lambrecht wants to show at Ramstein, where about 20 defense ministers will attend, that with the creation of the special fund of $100 billion euros for the German army and arms shipments, Germany has made a real turn in its security policy.

The presence of the majority of the defense ministers of the European Union (EU) is expected in Ramstein, as well as their Ukrainian counterpart. He made it clear that the US expects a greater commitment from the Europeans regarding military aid to Ukraine.

A Pentagon spokesman reminded the magazine “Der Spiegel” that Washington has already approved shipments of weapons worth $3.2 billion. The purpose of the Ramstein conference is to find ways to increase Ukraine’s military capacity to deal with the Russian invasion.

The shipment of Gepard tanks had been under discussion for some time and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) had announced that it had about 50 units in deposit that after quick maintenance measures could be sent to Ukraine. EFE

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