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Germany readies largest-ever military aid package for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the German Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius. Photo: Ukrainian Government

The German foreign affairs ministry has announced a new military support package for Ukraine, valued at over 2.7 billion euros, encompassing artillery, air defense, armored combat vehicles, and military engineering capabilities.

Germany’s latest package includes 18 wheeled howitzers, another four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems alongside 18 IRIS-T SLS launchers, artillery ammunition, and over 100 armored combat vehicles, including tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

The tanks and IFV mentioned will include 30 of the older Leopard 1A5 tanks und 20 Marder IFVs. Over 200 reconnaissance drones are also on the list.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky made his visit to Germany on Sunday, May 14, marking his first trip to the country since Russia’s attack on Ukraine the previous year.

Notably, the timing of Zelensky’s visit coincided with Germany’s announcement of the substantial military support package for Ukraine that was made on Saturday. This development underscores the deepening cooperation between the two nations and reaffirms Germany’s steadfast commitment to standing alongside Ukraine in addressing ongoing challenges, the foreign affairs ministry said.

“With this valuable contribution of urgently needed military equipment, we once again demonstrate that Germany is serious about its support. We all hope for a swift end to this terrible and flagrantly illegal war Russia is waging against the Ukrainian people. Unfortunately, it seems that this is not yet within sight. Therefore, Germany will provide every assistance it can for as long as it takes.” said German defense minister Boris Pistorius.

“I thank Germany for the largest military aid package since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion,” Zelensky said during his visit to Berlin.

“German air defense systems, artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles are saving Ukrainian lives and bringing us closer to victory. Germany is a reliable ally! Together we are bringing peace closer.”

Germany has provided a wide range of crucial military and humanitarian supplies to Ukraine prior to the new aid package. The support includes trucks, air defense systems, ammunition, Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 tanks, Marder armored personnel carriers, medical equipment, ambulances, and various other essential resources listed on the official page of the German defense ministry.