Germany announced on Wednesday that it will speed up arms deliveries to Ukraine in order to help the country defend itself against the Russian troops.
During a budget discussion, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told MPs that more Strela anti-aircraft missiles are on their way to Ukraine.
“In this situation, we are one of the largest arms suppliers.” It’s not something we’re proud of, but it’s what we need to do right now to assist Ukraine, and we’re doing everything we can,” she said.
Earlier this month, German authorities promised to deliver Ukraine approximately 2,700 Strela anti-aircraft missiles, but bureaucratic delays and delivery delays drew criticism from Ukrainian authorities.
According to the reports by the sources, so far, around 500 Strela anti-aircraft missiles have been shipped to Ukraine.
Moreover, Ukrainian officers told the local newspaper that there had been significant deliveries of arms supplies from Germany in the past two weeks.
Strela weapons made in soviet are from the depots of the former East Germany army, the National People’s Army.
Baerbock stated that the German government is in contact with firms to buy more defensive weapons and that additional shipments to Ukraine could be made possible in the coming days.
Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Berlin ruled out supplying arms to Kyiv and turned down allies’ requests to send their German-made weapons to the country.