Germany has been reluctant to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 main battle tanks, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Sunday. He added that Kiev does not understand Berlin’s hesitancy about the deliveries, given the military support already heading Ukraine’s way.
Speaking to the Tagesschau news program, Kuleba claimed that Germany had pledged to send Ukraine more arms shipments, which, however, would still not include the tanks that Kiev had repeatedly requested.
“Such a decision has not yet been made, no promises have been given. But we are working on it,” he said.
Kuleba rebuked Berlin for its stance on the matter, saying the Ukrainian government could not comprehend why Germany was sending artillery, but not heavy armor. “To be honest, we don’t understand this line of argument,” the minister said, adding that the lack of weapons meant the conflict would go on longer, suiting the interests of neither Ukraine nor its Western backers.