According to the figures, Berlin has yet to provide heavy weapons to kyiv, and the first deliveries are still being processed.
Germany has made public for the first time the exact number and types of weapons, ammunition and other military aid it has already delivered or is preparing to deliver to Ukraine.
Published Tuesday on the official website of the German government, the data is preceded by a brief clarification. The note states that the list includes both “contributions from the German army reserves”, as well as weapons purchased directly from German manufacturers and paid for by Berlin.
The statement also details that in 2022 a total of 2,000 million euros from the German budget will be allocated for these shipments, and to finance the country’s contributions to the European Peace Fund (EPF), which is the EU fund. “extrabudgetary instrument aimed at improving the Union’s capacity to prevent conflicts, build peace and strengthen international security”.
According to the document, the EPF can be used to reimburse EU member states for the support they provide to Ukraine.
Among the lethal weapons that Berlin has supplied to kyiv so far are 3,000 Panzerfaust 3 man-portable anti-tank rocket launchers, 500 US-designed Stinger and 2,700 Soviet-designed Strela man-portable anti-aircraft missiles. In addition to that, 100 MG3 machine guns, 14,900 anti-tank mines, 50 anti-bunker rockets for rocket launchers, 16 million rounds of small arms and 100,000 hand grenades have been delivered. As for non-lethal military aid, Germany provided Ukraine with 23,000 combat helmets, 178 unarmored and 30 armored vehicles, first-aid kits and other medical supplies, as well as spare parts for Soviet-designed MiG29 fighter jets.
The list of items that Berlin is preparing to send includes a number of heavy weapons that kyiv has long been requesting from its Western allies. A German official noted in the document that, for security reasons, they would refrain from disclosing additional details and dates until the successful delivery of these systems.
Among the items to be delivered to Ukraine are seven armored self-propelled howitzers, 54 US-designed M113 armored personnel carriers, defense system, three US-made M270 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), along with missiles and 10,000 artillery shells, as well as radars and anti-drone guns.
Germany, along with a number of other EU member states, the US, UK, Canada and Australia have been supplying weapons to Ukraine since the start of Russia’s offensive against the country in late February.
Unlike the US and UK, Germany has so far stopped short of delivering heavy weapons to kyiv.
Although Berlin gave the green light for these shipments at the end of April, apparently the hardware has not yet reached Ukraine. Media reports have cited, among other things, a lack of adequate ammunition as the reason for the delay.
The Ukrainian government has increasingly expressed its impatience and frustration with Germany. President Volodymyr Zelensky and Andrey Melnik, the ambassador in Berlin, have repeatedly rebuked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his government for failing to deliver promised weapons.
Russia has repeatedly condemned the sending of weapons to Ukraine by its Western allies, claiming that they will not change the course of the conflict, but only serve to prolong it. Officials in Moscow also warned that the weapons could eventually end up in the hands of terrorists and criminals elsewhere.