Germany increased military spending by €2 billion to help Ukraine

According to ARD, Ukraine will receive more than half of these funds, another €400 million will be sent to other countries

Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz intends to allocate €2 billion for additional military assistance, more than 1 billion will be sent to Ukraine, the German TV channel ARD reported. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner confirmed the information on Twitter.

“The media reports are correct: the budget amendments provide for an increase in additional military assistance by €2 billion. The funds will go mainly in favor of Ukraine. The Chancellor demanded this a long time ago, — Lindner wrote.

According to ARD, another €400 million of the allocated amount is intended for the European Peace Fund, which also buys weapons for Ukraine, and another €400 million will be sent to other countries. The TV channel does not specify what exactly it is.

Earlier, Germany refused to supply weapons to Ukraine and promised to provide Kiev with only economic support. On February 22, Scholz called this position of the FRG “unchanged”. However, with the start of the Russian special operation, Berlin reconsidered its attitude to the issue.

Already on February 26, the chancellor announced that the FRG would send weapons to Ukraine, including 1,000 anti-tank guns and 500 Stinger missiles. In addition, the German authorities approved the transfer of 400 German-made anti-tank guns from the Netherlands and 9 D-30 howitzers and ammunition from Estonia.

Later, the German agency DPA, citing sources, reported that Germany had transferred to Ukraine 1,500 Strela portable anti-aircraft missile systems, 100 MG3 machine guns, and 8 million cartridges for firearms. It also became known about Berlin's intention to supply Kiev with 2,000 Panzerfaust anti-tank missiles.

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