After a long wait from Berlin, Germany has finally fulfilled one of its promises to Ukraine that it would supply heavy offensive weaponry. These German self-propelled howitzers, also known as the Panzerhaubitze 2000, will be vital for Ukrainians’ fight against Russian forces in the east as it has become a slugfest of artillery shelling. These howitzers will be added to the towed 155 mm artillery in Ukraine, composed of the M777, FH70, M109, AHS Krab, and the Caesar.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov expressed elation with the delivery of these SPGs since these guns will be augmenting a dwindling supply of Western-donated artillery shells that are being expended by the thousands every day.

“We have replenishment!…The German Panzerhaubitze 2000 with trained Ukrainian crews joined the Ukrainian artillery family,” Reznikov said.

“Panzerhaubitze 2000 are finally part of 155 mm howitzer arsenal of the Ukrainian artillery. I appreciate all efforts of my colleague 🇩🇪 #DefMin Christine Lambrecht in support of 🇺🇦. In a tweet, our artillerymen will bring the heat to the battlefield 🔥🔥🔥!” he said.

Italian Army Artillery Training Regiment firing a Panzerhaubitze 2000, 2019 (, CC BY 2.5 <>, via Wikimedia Commons). Source:
Italian Army Artillery Training Regiment was firing a Panzerhaubitze 2000, 2019 (, CC BY 2.5 <>, via Wikimedia Commons). Source:

Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk also thanked Berlin for its donation:
“The German defense industry is ready to produce 100 new self-propelled Howitzers for Ukraine at short notice. We very much hope that Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the German Security Council will approve the relevant request,” he stated.

The arrival of these Panzerhaubitze 2000s came after Ukraine’s continued pleas toward Western countries to supply it with more heavy offensive artillery as they have been struggling to keep up with Russian shelling. However, Germany’s delivery of these weapons came after a series of delays and international pressure brought upon German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He had been lukewarm with its support for the Ukrainian war effort.

Last May, Germany finally agreed to send 7 Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers to Ukraine to follow countries such as the United States, which has continually supplied Ukraine with M777 howitzers.

The German Defense Ministry announced its decision to send these howitzers through a tweet, stating that the Ukrainians would be trained to use the self-propelled howitzers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.