Germany has not yet sent Ukraine written confirmation that it would ship the country 5,000 helmets for its military, said Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov in a statement on the Defense Ministry’s website on Feb. 3, adding that he was informed by German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen that the document was currently being drafted.
On Jan. 26, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced Germany would send Ukraine 5,000 helmets, as a “very clear signal that we’re on your side.” Her offer has been widely panned by Ukrainians, with the mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, calling it “a joke.”
Germany has both declined to send Ukraine arms to Ukraine in light of a potential renewed Russian invasion of the country, and has blocked shipments of German-made arms from third countries.
Reznikov pointed out that Germany is currently blocking Estonian military aid, as well as Ukraine’s purchase of lethal weapons through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.
The Estonian government had attempted to send Ukraine German-made howitzers, but the shipment was not approved by Germany and Finland, who are both involved in the weapon’s construction.
“When we publicly address the German government, first and foremost, we ask not to block our defense capabilities,” stated Reznikov.
More than 130,000 Russian troops and offensive weapons have been deployed near Ukraine’s borders and in the temporarily occupied territories, according to the latest intelligence estimate from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
According to the German government, Berlin is guided by its conviction to “not sell weapons to countries embroiled in armed conflicts,” and that lethal aid “would not advance de-escalation efforts.”
At the same time, according to German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, in September 2021, Berlin approved the shipping of lethal weapons to Egypt, Qatar and Turkey to be used in deadly conflicts in Yemen and Libya.