After long debates in Germany, Berlin has finally agreed that they should support the provision of heavy weapons to Ukraine by sending 7 Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH) Howitzers to repel advancing troops in the Donbas region effectively. Portugal is also reportedly sending its own howitzers to Ukraine in an effort to help repel Russian forces.
Through Twitter, the German Defense Ministry formally announced the transfer last May 6th along with German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht the next day.
“Germany will deliver 7 howitzers to Ukraine in 2000. That is what Minister Lambrecht has decided,” they stated. “With this, we add the 5 Dutch howitzers to 12.” They also indicated that there was training to be done with some 20 Ukrainian troops in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, that would start this week. The PzH Howitzers are known to be one of the “most powerful tube artillery system in the world” and has a cannon that can fire up to 25 miles away.
This development comes after the German parliament last April 28th had agreed to boost military support for Kyiv and had warned China and Serbia about supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. German lawmakers unanimously passed their resolution on comprehensive support for Ukraine, with German politicians voting 586 in favor and 100 against. This resolution included providing Ukraine with “heavy weapons” and “complex systems.”