Berlin, Copenhagen and Oslo to supply artillery guns to Kyiv

Berlin, Copenhagen and Oslo to supply artillery guns to Kyïv

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Germany, Denmark and Norway will supply from next year sixteen armored car artillery guns to Ukraine, which seeks to strengthen its heavy military arsenal to repel Russia, Berlin said on Sunday.  

This announcement follows a weekend visit to Ukraine by German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, a first since the Russian invasion on February 24.< /p>

The three supplier countries have agreed to finance together the delivery of Zuzana-2 cannons, of Slovak manufacture, at a cost of 92 million euros, said the Ministry of Defense in Berlin. Ukraine should start receiving them in 2023.

Kyiv demanded more, especially German Leopard tanks, which Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government refused to deliver. The latter has indeed declared that such a decision was not his sole responsibility and must first be discussed with his Western allies. 

“We will continue to engage in several ways” , however, said Ms. Lambrecht on the German channel ARD1. According to her, Berlin is doing a lot to support Kyiv.

“It is perfectly clear for the German government and for the whole of NATO [that] we will not become a [warring] party in this war”, she continued.

Her visit to Odessa on Saturday came the day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four new Ukrainian territories (the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk , Zaporizhia and Kherson), strongly condemned by Kyiv's allies, including Germany.