“Matador” and mines: Ukraine receives German anti-tank weapons

“Matador” and mines
Ukraine receives German anti-tank weapons

Kyiv has a federal government commitment for anti-aircraft tanks, mortars and self-propelled howitzers. Chancellor Scholz expects a “quick” delivery. According to a report, a number of other weapons arrived in Ukraine.

According to a report, Germany has supplied more weapons to Ukraine. Over the past two weeks, 2,450 RGW 90 anti-tank handguns, also known as “Matador”, 1,600 DM22 anti-tank directional mines and 3,000 DM31 anti-tank mines have arrived in Ukraine, “Spiegel” reported. The weapons have already been distributed within the Ukrainian army.

The deliveries have been confirmed by Ukrainian government circles, the magazine continues. There is no comment yet from the federal government. According to “Spiegel”, Ukraine ordered and paid for the Matador anti-tank weapons directly from the German manufacturer. The mines, on the other hand, “apparently” came from Bundeswehr stockpiles.

The Union, among others, has repeatedly accused the federal government of being too cautious with regard to arms deliveries to Ukraine. Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed on Monday in the program “RTL Direkt” that Germany would continue to supply arms to Ukraine. He expects the promised Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to be made available “relatively soon”. However, he pointed out that ammunition was still being sought overseas. Gepard tanks are the first heavy weapons the federal government has approved for Ukraine. In addition, howitzers and self-propelled mortars must be delivered.

No decision has yet been made on other industry offerings, such as Marder armored personnel carriers or Leopard battle tanks. However, Scholz also reiterated that he would not make any decision that would lead to a direct conflict between NATO and Russia. He again rejected a no-fly zone that would require the use of fighter jets. That would mean NATO would go to war, he said as justification.

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