Berlin (dpa) – Ukraine is to receive four more self-propelled howitzers from the German Armed Forces for its defence campaign against Russia. The delivery will be initiated immediately, Germany’s Ministry of Defence announced. The German government stressed that Ukraine had requested additional howitzers.
“The PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers supplied by Germany and the Netherlands have more than proven themselves in combat,” Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said. “To further support Ukraine in its courageous fight against the brutal Russian attack, Germany will comply with this request.” The PzH 2000 is a heavy artillery self-propelled howitzer with a range of up to 40 kilometres. The delivery is also to include ammunition.
Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov expressed his gratitude for the howitzers. He also reminded Germany about the additional Mars II multiple rocket launchers and Dingo personnel carriers that it had pledged last week. “The military assistance provided by our German friends is an important part of our joint victory over the terrorists,” he wrote on Twitter.