Germany will support Ukraine with additional weapons and ammunition. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced a new aid package worth 400 million euros on Tuesday before the Ramstein conference. However, the cruise missiles desired by Ukraine are not included, the minister said on Monday in an interview with the newspaper ‘Bild’.
The German Defense Minister pointed out to the newspaper that Germany helped on many levels. “In addition to our extensive support with weapons and equipment, we train Ukrainian soldiers in Germany. By the end of the year it will be 10,000,” the politician assured.
According to Pistorius, Ukraine most urgently needs ammunition in its defensive struggle. They want to provide support here with explosive ammunition, mortar ammunition and mine rockets. Don’t forget the approaching winter. Clothing is sent to the country, as well as electricity and heat generators. In total, the package will be worth 400 million euros.
Taurus cruise missile
Regarding Ukraine’s request for the supply of Taurus cruise missiles, Pistorius said: “It has not yet been decided whether the federal government will send Taurus cruise missiles.” carefully. A large number of political, legal, military and technical aspects need to be clarified.” This is “not easy”.
Many open questions
The open questions also include the aspect of whether the Taurus missile can be used at all without the support of Bundeswehr soldiers, Pistorius explained. In addition to the supplies, more Ukrainian soldiers would be trained in Germany, Pistorius said – 10,000 by the end of the year. In Ramstein it must be investigated whether the Bundeswehr can provide more support with training.
Contact group meeting Ukraine
The Ukrainian contact group will meet on Tuesday at the US air base in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has invited colleagues and senior military representatives from around the world to discuss Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the Ukrainian counteroffensive that has been underway since June. It is the 13th meeting in the Ramstein format since April 2022.
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