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Germany to send infantry fighting vehicles and Patriot battery to Ukraine

Germany and the USA plan to supply Ukraine with infantry fighting vehicles for the fight against Russian aggressors. The German government will also provide Ukraine with a Patriot air defence system. This was agreed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden in a telephone conversation on Thursday, according to a joint statement issued afterwards.

Germany intends to supply the Ukrainian armed forces with several dozen examples of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle, which was developed for the Bundeswehr more than 50 years ago. The USA is sending tanks of the Bradley type. Both countries will also train Ukrainian forces in use of the tanks.

In the phone call, Scholz and Biden reaffirmed “their unwavering solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in the face of Russia’s aggression”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanked both of them. “We will get a Patriot system and powerful armoured technology, this is really a great victory for our state,” he said in his video address on Friday night.

 

Source: deutschland.de.

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