Support for kyiv weakens the German army.
Published on 11.12.2022
Sputnik reports that the material base of the German army is currently in poor condition, Eva Högl, parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces, said on Saturday. And this, because of the support given to kyiv.
Since February 24, the day the Russian military operation in Ukraine began, the Bundeswehr has had less equipment than before, she explained to Deutschlandfunk radio. For large quantities have been sent to this country to support it.
A shortage of ammunition is also felt in the army, Ms Högl also recalled. According to the German arms company Rheinmetall, Ukraine fires 6,000 to 10,000 cartridges every day in the large and medium caliber segment.
A necessary modernization
Nine months have passed since the announcement made on February 27 by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz of the massive increase in the German defense effort. He then announced a plan to modernize the German armed forces with an immediate envelope of 100 billion euros. It is therefore important, according to the official, to accelerate this modernization.
Germany, however, decided not to deliver Patriot missile defense batteries to Ukraine, after a request to do so from Warsaw. Berlin preferred to deploy part of its Patriot systems in Poland after a Polish village was hit by a deadly explosion likely from a Ukrainian air defense missile. Poland ended up accepting them on its soil. Previously, she wanted them to come and strengthen the defense of Ukraine.
Alongside France, which supplied Ukraine with 18 of its 76 CAESAR guns, in addition to numerous Milan and Mistral missiles, Germany also supplies kyiv with weapons. These include Cheetah-type armored vehicles, Mars II multiple rocket launchers and Panzer Haubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzers.