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German Gepard does not want to be burned in the fields of Donbass

In the photo: Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

In the photo: Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (Photo: IMAGO / Björn Trotzki / TASS)

European “partners” have almost exhausted the possibilities of supplying weapons to Ukraine, and Kyiv is demanding more and more. Even Germany can no longer ship the weapons it promised.

The only good thing is the United States, whose parliament approved the largest military aid package in history for almost $ 53 billion. The Americans themselves cannot implement many points from their own program, and some have shifted onto the shoulders of NATO partners.

Ukraine did not wait for the promised Cheetah. And out Leopard refused

Stockpiles of weapons, especially heavy ones, in Western countries are not unlimited, as is commonly believed. Growing dissatisfaction among the generals is caused by the obsessive desire of politicians to saturate Ukraine with weapons, regardless of security needs.

It is for this reason that some Western countries are seeking to transfer frankly obsolete weapons to Ukraine. Let’s say the Leopard 1 tanks, released back in the sixties. The tank was one of the most massive in the world, operated for almost half a century, but has long been withdrawn from service due to an outdated model. Leopard 1, even after modifications, is not able to resist modern anti-tank weapons.

At the same time, however, Ukraine did not abandon the M113 armored personnel carriers, which the Americans used during the Vietnam War.

The Germans never managed to agree with Switzerland on the re-export of shells for Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns. Germany was well aware that the country did not have enough ammunition, but at the same time fed Ukraine with promises. German Minister of Defense Christina Lambrecht announced that Kyiv would receive anti-aircraft guns, but now deliveries are being delayed until at least July. Or maybe ad infinitum.

As with the promises to hand over the ancient Leopard 1, the failure to deliver the promised Gepards caused anger in Kyiv.

At the same time, Ukraine insists on the transfer, including modern F-15 fighter jets and Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems. But no one will hand over planes to Ukrainians, since Kyiv has neither the appropriate infrastructure nor trained pilots, and the Americans themselves and their allies need the Patriot to protect their skies.

German politics: to promise is not to marry

The influential German publication Die Welt also writes about interruptions in the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Journalists found out that over the past two months, Germany has reduced military assistance to Kyiv to a minimum, despite the generous promises of the Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Scholz refuses to supply German tanks and armored personnel carriers, citing agreements with NATO allies. But it’s not just about heavy weapons; Since the end of March, Germany has also hardly supplied Ukraine with any noteworthy light weapons.

Die Welt has calculated that only two batches of weapons from the federal government have entered Ukraine since the beginning of April. According to a list obtained by journalists, in April, Germany sent to Ukraine spare parts for machine guns, detonating cords, radios, hand grenades, explosive charges and mines.

And in mid-May, Germany again sent mines to Ukraine – 3,000 anti-tank mines and another 1,600 specialized directional mines.

According to Ukraine itself, the last delivery of anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons from Germany took place on March 25, more than two months ago. The Germans supplied the Ukrainians with 2,000 Panzerfaust missiles and 1,500 more Soviet Strela anti-aircraft missiles (Grail according to NATO classification).

Kyiv claims that Berlin does not comply with his requests. Although Chancellor Scholz publicly promises to accelerate the supply of weapons. Just a week ago, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the German chancellor once again made a fiery anti-Russian speech and promised to “support Ukraine.” True, to promise does not mean to marry, such is big German politics.

Business insider: Scholz does not respond to the opposition’s vague criticism

Ukraine continues to more and more greedily and persistently demand new weapons from its European partners. In particular, the Kyiv regime wants to receive Harpoon anti-ship missiles from Germany, but the German Ministry of Defense did not satisfy this request, Business Insider writes.

More accommodating was Denmark, which nevertheless agreed to supply the Ukrainians with Harpoon. But in a much smaller volume compared to what was required Vladimir Zelensky.

It is worth recalling that in a telephone conversation last week Vladimir Putin warned both Olaf Scholz and the President of France Emmanuel Macron from sending weapons to Ukraine. Putin stressed that this could lead to “further destabilization of the situation.”

But if the French have never promised Ukraine great defense support, then Germany, as we can see, promised – but did not keep the promises. At the same time, by the way, Scholz himself is criticized by the opposition, which demands a tougher opposition to Russia. And the confrontation implies the sending of heavy weapons, which really escalates the conflict, and this will rebound again on the German economy.

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