Ukrainian troops arrive in Germany for howitzer training
14 May 2022 | 5:47 am
Around 60 Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in western Germany to begin training on the howitzer 2000 artillery system. The German government has pledged to send seven of the self-propelled weapons.
The system would be based on Israel's Arrow 3 model and would be capable of intercepting long-range ballistic missiles. "We must prepare ourselves," said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Germany's defense minister says there's hardly any possibility left to supply Ukraine with weapons from the German military arsenal, and further deliveries would have to be made through the arms industry.
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