Germany has been lukewarm with the idea of sending heavy offensive weapons to Ukraine ever since the Russian invasion started on February 24. It appears it has not delivered the weapons it had pledged to Ukraine prior, putting it in some international hot water.

According to documents obtained by the German broadsheet Welt, Germany had only supplied Ukraine with two arms deliveries from March 30 to May 26, leading many to think that Germany’s Olaf Scholz was sweet-talking his way out of sending arms to Ukraine. These two shipments reportedly included anti-tank mines and other small arms such as hand grenades, spare parts, radios, and detonating cords, withholding any heavy weapons to Ukraine.

So let’s take a step back. What has Germany pledged to give Ukraine but, so far, has not delivered them?

First, we have the Gepard (Cheetah in English) anti-aircraft gun known for its twin 35mm guns. SOFREP picked up on this announcement last April when Germany announced that it would be supplying some 50 Gepard anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine in what was a major policy shift. German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced that it would donate these heavy weapons during the opening remarks of the US-led defense meeting at Ramstein.

“Yesterday, we decided that Germany will make the delivery of ‘Gepard’ anti-aircraft tanks possible to Ukraine,” Lambrecht said in April.

In response, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin welcomed the move, saying that he “especially welcomed” the major decision by the Germans.

“I wanted to especially welcome a major decision by our German hosts as Minister Lambrecht announced just today that Germany will send Ukraine some 50 Cheetah (Gepard) anti-aircraft systems,” Austin said.

A Gepard anti-aircraft gun (Hans-Hermannühling, CC BY-SA 2.0 DE , via Wikimedia Commons). Source:
Germany’s Gepard anti-aircraft gun (Hans-Hermann BühlingCC BY-SA 2.0 DE, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Ukrainians badly need these anti-aircraft guns as they have struggled in the past to defend against Russian bombing campaigns. These guns can be used to destroy airborne targets of up to 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) and light-armored ground targets.