Kuleba asks why Germany hesitates to give Ukraine battle tanks, but supplies artillery

12 December 2022, 02:10 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov)

Ukraine does not understand why the German authorities are hesitating about giving battle tanks to Ukraine, while at the same time providing artillery, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

“Frankly, we don't understand this line of reasoning,” Kuleba said in an interview with German news outlet ARD on Dec. 11.

Kuleba said that if Ukraine is not armed sufficiently, the war will be prolonged, and this is not in the interests of either Ukraine or its Western allies.

The minister said that Germany has promised Ukraine further supplies of weapons, but this does not apply to the Leopard-2 battle tank, which Kyiv has repeatedly requested.

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“Such a decision has not been made yet, there are no commitments. But we’re working on it,” Kuleba said.

According to him, Russia’s attacks on energy infrastructure pose enormous problems for the authorities and the people of Ukraine. To cope with this, the country needs non-military aid, especially generators and transformers.

The minister added that he himself suffered from electricity and heating shutdowns. His apartment was without electricity and water for more than 30 hours.

Previously, German mass media, citing their own sources, reported that Washington made it clear to Berlin that it was not against the transfer of heavy tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This information was confirmed by the head of the defense committee of the Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann.

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