​France and Germany Will Continue Support Ukraine With Arms and Training Despite Putin's Statements

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Ukraine to receive new batch of MARS II systems from Germany / Open source photo
Ukraine to receive new batch of MARS II systems from Germany / Open source photo

Putin's latest "initiatives" result in even greater support for Ukraine on the part of Europe, including through the supply of military equipment

This was stated by Germany’s Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, who spoke at a joint press conference in Berlin with her French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu, Ukrinform reports.

Christine Lambrecht and her French counterpart Sébastien Lecornu in Berlin, France and Germany Will Continue Support Ukraine With Arms and Training Despite Putin's Statements,  Defense Express
Christine Lambrecht and her French counterpart Sébastien Lecornu in Berlin / Photo credit: Michele Tantussi/Reuters

"Our response is really consistent and, most importantly, resolute and joint: there will be no deviations, we will continue to support Ukraine in its courageous struggle in the future," the German minister said.

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She noted that thanks to the "ring swap" with a number of countries, Ukraine can quickly receive tanks that can be immediately employed on the battlefield. The politician also recalled of the increase in supplies by Germany of Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled guns and anti-aircraft missiles, and mentioned the upcoming deliveries of air defense systems. It’s air defense and artillery, which Ukraine needs most, she noted.

German Panzerhaubitze 2000 is being actively used against russian invaders in Ukraine, France and Germany Will Continue Support Ukraine With Arms and Training Despite Putin's Statements, Defense Express
German Panzerhaubitze 2000 is being actively used against russian invaders in Ukraine / Open source photo

Lambrecht noted the "huge successes" of the Armed Forces in recent days and weeks, including thanks to the assistance from Germany and France, and how "desperate" Moscow's response was, when partial mobilization was declared and sham "referenda" were announced.

"For us, these referenda will be of no significance as this is the territory of Ukraine and will remain so," the head of the Bundeswehr said.

IRIS-T SLM is medium-range air defense system with the ability to destroy targets at a distance of up to 40 km and 20 km in height, France and Germany Will Continue Support Ukraine With Arms and Training Despite Putin's Statements, Defense Express
German IRIS-T SLM is medium-range air defense system with the ability to destroy targets at a distance of up to 40 km and 20 km in height

The minister emphasized that the goal of the allies is to help Ukraine, including with military equipment, in the long term as well. "It's good that we are sending a clear signal: this Putin reaction to Ukraine's successes only encourages us to continue supporting Ukraine," the head of the German Ministry of Defense emphasized.

"Well-trained and well-armed Armed Forces are the best guarantee of security for Ukraine, but also for us," Lambrecht said, mentioning in this context the projects for the training of Ukrainian soldiers, in which both countries are involved.

CAESAR is a wheeled, 155mm 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer, France and Germany Will Continue Support Ukraine With Arms and Training Despite Putin's Statements, Defense Express
CAESAR is a French wheeled, 155mm 52-caliber self-propelled howitzer

France will continue to support Ukraine with arms and training, the country’s defence minister, Sébastien Lecornu, said.

In his turne speaking after a meeting with his German counterpart, Christine Lambrecht, the defense minister of France Sébastien Lecornu stated that France will continue to support Ukraine with arms and training. He also added that France needed cooperation within the Nato alliance to continue its support for Kyiv.

French CAESAR wheeled self-propelled howitzers eliminates occupiers in Ukraine, France and Germany Will Continue Support Ukraine With Arms and Training Despite Putin's Statements, Defense Express
French CAESAR wheeled self-propelled howitzers eliminates occupiers in Ukraine

As Defense Express reported, Germany steped up in providing military assistance to Ukraine, in an unexpected announcement coming from the Ministry of Defense on Monday. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said 4 more Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers will go to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and the supply of the previously disclosed Dingo vehicles and MARS II rocket system was officially confirmed, too. We also wrote that French government sended Ukraine TRF1 towed 155 mm howitzers, which Nexter Systems (French government-owned weapons manufacturer) has started producing in 1984. Despite the “age”, this weapons have much better characteristics than russian 2A65 Msta-B towed 152.4 mm howitzers.

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