Servicemen from the Azov Regiment and the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU) marching through the city of Mariupol as they take part in a parade to mark the 5th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Russian-backed rebels. AFP
“It’s about tanks, armored vehicles or other options that each country is able to offer,” Lambrecht told broadcaster NTV.
Germany will then replenish these stocks, she said, without giving further details.
Deliveries must take place quickly because “military experts agree that the next two weeks will be decisive in Ukraine’s fight against Russia”, she said.
The tanks will include T-72 models from Slovenia, according to German media.
Lambrecht also said that Germany would train Ukrainian soldiers to use German-made Panzerhaubitze 2000 tanks, which were to be sent by the Netherlands.
Germany cannot send Panzerhaubitze 2000 tanks itself because its army “does not have the stocks”, Lambrecht said. “But where we can provide training, we will.”
Germany has been criticized for refusing to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, even as allies such as the United States, Britain, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands increase their deliveries.
But the government has said that after decades of chronic underinvestment, Germany’s Bundeswehr military is simply unable to send the weapons Ukraine wants.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday raised the possibility of Eastern European partners sending older Russian-made “weapons systems” to Ukraine.
Asked if Germany really could not deliver heavy weapons from Bundeswehr stocks, Lambrecht replied that it was impossible “if I want to continue to guarantee national and Allied defence”.
“In the future, we must be much better equipped. We must no longer let the Bundeswehr be reduced to the point where we are in the situation where we are at the moment,” she said.