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.

An Italian Army PzH 2000, self-propelled Howitzer on October 17, 2015 during Trident Juncture 15. - NATO Local Pao Capo Teulada Esercitazione (Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons). Source:,_Trident_Juncture_15_(22308908409).jpg
An Italian Army PzH 2000 self-propelled Howitzer on October 17, 2015, during Trident Juncture 15. – NATO Local Pao Capo Teulada Esercitazione (Allied Joint Force Command BrunssumCC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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.”

The German Parliament also called for China to abandon its support and endorsement of the war and even said that if there were any efforts to undermine the sanctions and weapons supply to Ukraine, economic and personal sanctions await them.

Ukraine was very much happy about the policy shift. Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated that the German vote would “go down in history as one of the last nails in the coffin of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s lobbying in Europe and as the return of German leadership.”

Previous reports from Germany indicated that they were hesitant to send heavy, offensive weapons to Ukraine as they feared it would be interpreted as an act of war by Russia. This policy shift first manifested when Germany had announced that they were going to send 50 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine last April 27th, where the county had been heavily pressured to do so following the US-led defense meeting held at Ramstein Air Base.

A Gepard Anti-aircraft tank firing at Hohwacht Bay (DerwatzCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

In our previous report, we stated that the German government, headed by Scholz, was to deliver 50 Gepard (Cheetah) anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine in what was to be the first delivery of German heavy weapons to Ukraine. These weapons could have been great for Ukraine’s battle against Russia, as Kyiv needs to secure its skies as soon as possible in light of Russia’s combined arms operations. Despite this, the Russian forces have had limited success in Eastern Ukraine thus far, revealing integral and fundamental weaknesses with the Kremlin armed forces.