Allies to transfer Bradley & Marder IFVs, second Patriot battery to Ukraine

5 January, 11:09 PM
Німеччина приєднується до Сполучених Штатів у наданні Україні ще однієї зенітно-ракетної батареї Patriot (Photo:defense.gov)

Німеччина приєднується до Сполучених Штатів у наданні Україні ще однієї зенітно-ракетної батареї Patriot (Photo:defense.gov)

Along with the United States providing Ukraine with Bradley armored fighting vehicles, Germany will transfer Marder IFVs and an additional Patriot air defense battery to Kyiv, the German government said in a message on its website on Jan. 5.

According to the message, these decisions were made during a Jan. 5 phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as the two leaders discussed the progress of the war in Ukraine.

“President Biden and Chancellor Scholz expressed a shared determination to provide Ukraine with the necessary financial, humanitarian, military, and diplomatic support for as long as necessary,” the German government's press office said.

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“To this end, the United States intends to provide Ukraine with Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, while Germany intends to supply Marder infantry fighting vehicles.”

Both countries plan to train the Armed Forces of Ukraine to use the equipment.

Furthermore, Berlin has committed to providing Ukraine with a Patriot air defense battery – in addition to the one pledged by Washington in late December 2022. Previously, Germany resisted Polish calls to transfer its Patriot systems to Kyiv.

On Dec. 21, the White House announced $1.85 billion military aid package for Ukraine, which for the first time included a Patriot battery. According to Pentagon officials, it would take several months for Ukrainian forces to properly train in operating the equipment.

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