The supply of German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine will not be able to put an end to the war unleashed by Russia, so Germany should send not only them, but also other weapons. This opinion was expressed by Vladimir Zelensky in an interview with a German portal. Bild on Wednesday, September 21st.
According to him, armored vehicles have become a matter of survival for the Ukrainian military, and if Germany wants to help save the lives of Ukrainians, German politicians need to deal with the supply of more than just tanks. The President of Ukraine explained that he was referring to the Matador anti-tank grenade launchers produced in Germany, armored vehicles that Kyiv “really wants and asks” from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as well as “more destructive weapons” than the systems already offered to the country by Germany. air defense IRIS-T.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also noted that Germany should become an example for other states on the issue of military support for Ukraine, and not wait for their decisions. “If you don’t want to give us – listen, no offense, you are an independent state – then don’t give it. But don’t try to say: “First America, then Germany, then there will be Poland, and the like.” No need. Everyone should be responsible for yourself,” Zelensky said.
Scholz refuses to supply battle tanks “alone”
Against the backdrop of the success of the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in mid-September, the German opposition once again demanded to start deliveries of Western-style tanks to Ukraine – The leitmotif was the opinion that the acceleration of processes will bring the end of the war unleashed by Russia closer. However, Scholz did not support these calls, stating that Germany cannot supply military equipmentuntil other Western countries approve similar supplies of their own.
According to the Chancellor, Germany is one of the most important suppliers of weapons to Ukraine and, having handed over the Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled guns to it, sent Kyiv the most modern equipment that is used in the war against Russian aggression. In addition, only Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom provided Ukraine with multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).
Germany counted on circular deliveries
More than 200 Soviet-style tanks were transferred to Ukraine from the beginning of the war by Poland, but this became a kind of bone of contention between it and Germany, since the FRG promised to provide the country with modern German tanks in exchange for those sent to Ukraine.
In July, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock attempted to respond to criticism over the delay in round trip deliveries, urging them to look for other ways to fulfill promisesgiven by the German authorities to Poland, which is one of the largest suppliers of weapons to Ukraine.