Ukraine has officially asked Germany to provide Kyiv with Taurus cruise missiles.
A corresponding request from the Ukrainian side was received in recent days, the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Defense reported. write Spiegel.
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A few days ago, an expert on the defense of the CDU Roderich Kiesewetter spoke in favor of the delivery of German Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. According to him, missiles with a range of up to 500 kilometers will allow the country of Kyiv to hit the Russian military infrastructure far behind the front line.
Minister of Defense Boris Pistorius cautiously reacted to Kiesewetter’s proposal. However, he said that Germany should support Ukraine “with all the systems permitted by international law”, which are necessary to win the war and which Berlin has the opportunity to provide.
The Taurus is an unmanned combat weapon that is launched from a fighter jet and can deliver a 400 kilogram warhead with a range of more than 500 kilometers. The missile is considered an effective weapon against protected targets such as command bunkers or ammunition depots.
Ten years ago, the Bundeswehr purchased about 600 Taurus, 150 of which are in working order.
The other day, the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi visited Germany for the first time since the beginning of the Great War. Conducted a number of negotiations, including with the President and Chancellor of Germany.
Against the backdrop of Zelensky’s visit, the German Ministry of Defense officially announced the provision of a new package of military aid to Ukraine in the amount of €2.7 billion. This is the largest aid package from Berlin to Kyiv since the beginning of the Great War.
The new package includes 18 wheeled howitzers, artillery ammunition, guided missiles for air defense systems. As well as four IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft missile systems and 12 IRIS-T SLS launchers, 30 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks and 20 Marder infantry fighting vehicles. And also more than 100 combat armored vehicles and more than 200 reconnaissance drones.