BERLIN (Reuters) – Ukraine has received an offer of a large shipment of self-propelled howitzers from a German arms company, a German government source said on Sunday.
German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported on Saturday that arms manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann had donated 100 howitzers, a type of artillery weapon, to Ukraine, citing unnamed government sources in Kyiv.
“This offer exists,” the German source told Reuters, without giving further details.
The Welt am Sonntag report stated that the manufacturer did not currently have the armament ready for delivery and therefore suggested that the German military offer 100 of its own howitzers to kyiv and that the manufacturer would then deliver the new weapons to the German army once ready – probably from the second half of 2024.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann was not immediately available for comment. A spokesperson for the German Defense Ministry declined to comment.
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After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Germany reversed its longstanding policy of not sending weapons to conflict zones and declared that it would supply Strela missiles, among other weapons, to Ukraine.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday it was important that Germany only supply weapons that the Ukrainian army knows how to use, such as older equipment from the army of the former communist East Germany.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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