Ukraine news Germany mocked military aid “15 of them, not 150!” | World | News

Defense analyst Michael Clarke appeared to pull a punch at German efforts to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons while delivering an update on the war on Sky News. Berlin has announced a delivery of Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to bolster Ukrainian defenses amid attempted Russian advances in the east of the country. Germany’s announcement was slapped by Mr Clarke with sarcastic comments about how the promised Gepards will be just 15 vehicles and won’t arrive in the war zone until July.

Mr Clarke told Sky News: “Over the past 24 hours or so the Germans have confirmed that they are going to send the Gepard anti-aircraft tank to Ukraine.

“They promised it a short time ago, it’s the Gepards basically a tank chassis with an anti-aircraft system on top. They’re very good.

“The Germans said they were sending 15, not 150 or 50, 15 of them, and they originally announced that in April.

“They have confirmed it now and they will arrive in July.”

“In the meantime, the Ukrainians will have to hold on in the Donbass under the pressure they are currently under,” he added.

At the end of April, Germany announced that it would supply kyiv with heavy weapons for the first time, namely Gepard air defense tanks, after critics accused Berlin of dragging its feet on heavy weapons deliveries to kyiv.

Since then, Germany has also pledged seven self-propelled howitzers to kyiv and started training Ukrainian troops on these guns.

According to a government source, the Gepard tanks will be supplied with “sufficient” ammunition.

Britain also wants to send modern weapons to Moldova to protect it from the threat of invasion by Russia, The Telegraph reported, citing Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

She told the newspaper that Russian President Vladimir Putin was determined to create a “Greater Russia” even though his invasion of Ukraine did not succeed quickly.

Russia has called the invasion it launched a “special military operation” aimed at disarming Ukraine and ridding it of radical anti-Russian nationalists.

Moldova, which borders Ukraine to the southwest, is not a member of the NATO alliance.

Christi C. Elwood