Germany to deliver first 15 Gepard tanks to Ukraine in July to fight Russian invasion

To help Ukraine fight Russian forces, Germany decided to send 15 Gepard tanks to the war-torn country. On Friday, a Defense Ministry official in Berlin confirmed that Germany would transfer the first 15 Gepard tanks to Ukraine in July. The official noted that German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht had agreed to send the Gepard tanks via video link with her Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksii Reznikov, according to media reports.

The report suggests that the Gepard tanks will be equipped with “adequate” ammunition. It was also announced that there was enough ammunition for nearly 100 combat loads, with each loadout able to fight 25 targets. Ukraine’s demand for heavy weapons has increased since Moscow focused its military aggression on the east and south of the country after failing to conquer kyiv.

After opponents accused Berlin of withholding heavy weapons transfers to kyiv, Germany said in late April that it would supply Ukraine with heavy weapons for the first time, including Gepard air defense tanks. Germany has since donated seven self-propelled howitzers to kyiv and has begun training Ukrainian troops.

Gepard is an anti-aircraft tank with two 35 mm guns

The Gepard is an anti-aircraft tank with two 35mm guns that can shoot down planes and helicopters at altitudes of up to 3,500 meters. The tank was developed to withstand armored attack helicopters like the Soviet-Russian Mil Mi-24 and would be particularly useful to Ukrainian forces. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the maker of the Gepard, has reconditioned old German military tanks, saying there may be 50 Gepards available in total, according to DW News.

Germany pledges 1 billion euros to Ukraine’s budget

On Thursday, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner promised a contribution to the Ukrainian budget of 1 billion euros. It was announced at a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries near Bonn, Germany. The rotating presidency of the G7 is currently held by Germany. Rather than taking out loans, the money will come from the German budget for 2022. Germany’s goal is to help kyiv’s war-damaged finances. Because tax revenues have been ravaged by the conflict in Russia, the Ukrainian government is expected to need $15 million over the next three months to fund its operations, including paying workers.

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