Why did the Germans not supply tanks to Ukraine? Is it because Kiev is more confident?

Hsmilitarycom: The Germans decided not to send tanks to Ukraine in the midst of the battle against the Russian invasion. There are 'historical reasons' underlying that doubt, government sources told Der Spiegel magazine.

According to the unnamed official, Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government fears Kiev will become more confident when it receives the aid and will eventually launch a counterattack on Russian territory.

"The fear that German weaponry was being used to attack Russia highlights a certain distrust in Berlin of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. And that is also the reason why the defense industry in Germany has not been allowed to deliver battle tanks," the source said.

So far, the suppliers of tanks to Kiev are Poland and the Czech Republic. Germany will never be the first country to send tanks to Ukraine for historical reasons.

The Der Spiegel report cited politicians and analysts who accused Scholz of being too slow to help deliver arms to Ukraine to fight Russia.

Since the end of February, when the Russian military offensive in Ukraine began, Berlin supplied only light weapons to Kiev, and the number of deliveries has decreased over time, with Welt am Sonntag reporting that only two German deliveries arrived in Ukraine between March 30 and May 26.

A shipment of heavy weapons, including 30 Gepard anti-aircraft vehicles, seven Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers and four MARS II multi-launcher rocket systems, has been announced by Berlin.

Earlier, Scholz had claimed sunday that Germany would also send one of its most modern weapons of the IRIS-T air defense system to Ukraine.

However, the Defense Ministry said it did not have the hardware stockpile mentioned, and the question should be addressed to manufacturers. According to media reports, Ukraine can only hope to get the system in November.

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