Repair center for heavy Ukrainian military equipment starts to work in Slovakia

12 December 2022, 06:06 PM
Howitzer Panzerhaubitze 2000 (Photo:REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

Howitzer Panzerhaubitze 2000 (Photo:REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

A repair center for the Ukrainian army’s heavy military equipment has started to work in Slovakia, German news agency Bild reported on Dec. 12.

A new repair center near the border with Ukraine will ensure Ukraine can continue to use its heavy weapons in the war against Russian aggression, said Brigadier General Christian Freuding, who commands of the Special Staff for Ukraine at the German Defense Ministry.

The German tank manufacturer Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) is in charge of repairing the heavy equipment worn-out or damaged on the battlefield in Ukraine, in particular German-made Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers.

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An intergovernmental agreement between Slovakia and Germany is the legal basis for the repair center.

The creation of the German-Slovakian center for repair and maintenance of heavy military equipment donated to Ukraine was announced in November.

Germany has also said it will train about 5,000 Ukrainian troops as part of the EU military training mission. The training will take place before June 2023.

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