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Germany confirms delivery of Patriot system, ammunition, other aid to Ukraine

by Kateryna Hodunova and The Kyiv Independent news desk July 8, 2024 11:43 PM 2 min read
Patriot air defense launchers at a German military base in Sanitz on June 11, 2024. (President Volodymyr Zelensky/Telegram)
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Berlin has delivered new military equipment to Ukraine that includes its third Patriot air defense system with spare parts and additional missiles, the country's defense ministry confirmed on July 8.

The German ambassador in Kyiv, Martin Jaeger, announced the system's delivery to Ukraine earlier on July 5.

On July 8, it was announced that the package will additionally include ammunition for the Leopard 1 tank, 9,000 rounds of ammunition for anti-aircraft guns Gepard, 55,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition from German domestic stocks, as well as 58,000 rounds of 40mm ammunition.

Germany will also provide Ukraine with two air surveillance radar TRML-4D, 30 Vector reconnaissance drones, 200 mobile drone jammers, 10 unmanned surface vessels, four Wisent 1 mine clearing tanks, and one Bergepanzer 2 armored vehicle.

Berlin will also supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with smoke grenades, various types of rifles, machine guns, SatCom terminals, night vision goggles, and pick-ups.

Germany said in May that it planned to up its military aid to Ukraine by another 3.8 billion euros ($4.13 billion) in 2024, Reuters reported on May 21, citing an undisclosed source.

The German government announced the previous military package for Ukraine in June. It included three HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, among other equipment.

Initially a hesitant partner, Berlin has become Ukraine's second-largest military donor after the U.S., although German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is still reluctant to supply some key capabilities, namely Taurus long-range missiles.

US announces new defense aid package for Ukraine worth $150 million
The package includes missiles for air defense systems, ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), artillery rounds, and other critical capabilities drawn from U.S. stocks, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

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