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The German Minister of Defense promised Ukraine a quick delivery of air defense systems

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Christine Lambrecht’s first visit to Ukraine

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht made an unexpected visit to Ukraine on Saturday.



She met with a Ukrainian colleague in the southern port city of Odesa Oleksiy The Reznikovs and promised that Germany would deliver a state-of-the-art air defense system to Ukraine within a few days. Sirens sounded twice during her visit.

In Odesa, which has been the target of Russian missile attacks several times in the past months, the minister assured Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov that Germany will deliver the first unit of the already announced state-of-the-art Iris-T air defense system to Kiev within a few days SLM.

Ukraine should first receive the four aforementioned defense systems worth 140 million euros each, which are intended to protect major cities, especially against drone attacks.

After returning to her homeland, the minister announced the delivery of 16 howitzers, which Germany will finance together with Denmark and Norway. A case of artillery the Zuzana type system produced in Slovakia.

The procurement worth 92 million euros will be financed by the three countries in equal parts, and Ukraine is expected to receive the first howitzers in 2023, the German Ministry of Defense also announced afterwards.

The minister, as she told the German television ARD on Saturday evening, experienced firsthand how Ukraine is suffering, while its population is the target of missiles and airplanes.

During the visit, she had to take shelter twice due to an air raid alarm, the first time during talks with Reznikov on Saturday afternoon, and the second time at night, while spending the night in a hotel.

It was her first visit to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion at the end of February. German chancellor Olaf Scholz the foreign minister visited Kyiv in June Annalena Baerbock however, she has already visited the Ukrainian capital twice in the past seven months, most recently in mid-September.

Source: Rtvslo

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