German arms fiasco in Ukraine deliveries: Scholz apparently surprised everyone - with dire consequences
Created: 2022-06-20 04:46
By: Christoph Gschossmann
German Marder tanks could possibly soon support the Ukrainian army in defending their country.
But delivery has been delayed for weeks.
(Iconic image) © Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa
Ukraine is fighting against the Russian invasion.
According to a report, she is currently not receiving any military support from Germany - the deliveries are being delayed.
Munich / Berlin / Kyiv - German arms deliveries to Ukraine are under criticism - or rather, the hesitant, non-existent deliveries.
Because, as has now become known, no heavy weapons at all have been delivered to the crisis area for weeks.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz had announced some heavy weapons for Ukraine's fight against Russia, but deliveries are being delayed - sometimes for months, while the escalating Ukraine conflict continues unabated.
Scholz had spoken of the Iris-T air defense system in the Bundestag, among other things.
This news came as a surprise not only to the Defense Ministry, but also to Egypt.
The Arab country is said to forgo one of its Iris-T orders.
But it shouldn't be ready for use until November or December anyway.
Marder infantry fighting vehicle: Greece surprised by the "ring exchange".
From Ukraine's point of view, things are no better for the Marder infantry fighting vehicle.
Scholz had announced here that he would exchange rings with Greece.
Athens was supposed to send 50 Soviet BPM tanks to Kyiv, Germany to deliver Marder to Greece.
And again there is a fiasco: Greece is surprised and afraid of Turkey's reaction when suddenly more modern tanks are stationed in Greece.
Yes - the same applies here: the delivery should take until autumn or winter.
Manufacturer Rheinmetall, who wanted to sell the tanks directly to Kyiv, was therefore surprised by the idea.
Things are also going badly for the Mars II multiple rocket launchers.
It was said that the Bundeswehr should give up four systems.
, fewer than 20 of the armed forces' 40 vehicles are operational, so there is a lack of understanding in the army about giving up four of them.
In addition, the rocket launchers cannot fire US or British ammunition held by Ukraine.
The reprogramming should take months, they say.
Germany recently delivered no military material to Ukraine
The portal reports that Germany has not delivered any military material to Ukraine in the past two weeks.
A new list of exactly what should be delivered will only be available again on Thursday (June 16).
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After all, a delivery of 15 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks seems to be in the plan - these should therefore be delivered from mid-July to the end of August.
Likewise, a delivery of seven German self-propelled howitzers at the end of June.
Meanwhile, in the Ukraine war, the Russian advance on eastern Ukraine continues - every day.
Although Scholz (SPD) defended Germany's stance on arms deliveries to Ukraine during a visit to Lithuania, declaring that Germany is one of the country's "most important military supporters" - the deliveries are then likely to come much too late.
Meanwhile, according to information from the
, the USA, France, Slovenia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and probably also Belgium and the Netherlands have delivered heavy weapons to Ukraine.
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