Germany has been reluctant to provide Ukraine with military aid in the early days of the Russian invasion due to several critical factors, including Berlin’s complicated history with Moscow and its reliance on Russian energy. Let’s say they were treading on thin ice.
But as the war drags on for seemingly months on end, Germany’s position gradually changes in favor of Ukraine. It has been working alongside the United States on providing billions worth of security assistance to help Kyiv defend against Moscow’s brutal subjugation.
And to further demonstrate its support, Germany announced additional military aid worth over 2.7 billion euros—or nearly $3 billion, on Sunday, May 14.
Germany’s Renewed Aid
According to the defense ministry, this security package is Berlin’s largest yet since the onset of the Russian invasion. It will include the pledged Leopard 2 main battle tanks, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft systems, ammunition, and other military equipment.
The renewed aid came shortly after the first visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Germany since the invasion took place in February last year.
In a statement, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius expressed his hopes for the rapid end of this “terrible war” and that Berlin is serious about its support to Kyiv.