Germany Does U-turn on Ukraine, Sending Anti-tank Weapons Instead of 5 000 Helmets

Germany Does U-turn on Ukraine, Sending Anti-tank Weapons Instead of 5 000 Helmets

  • Germany has done a dramatic u-turn on its position on Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the European country
  • Previously, it had been reported that Germany would be sending 5 000 military helmets to Ukraine to help their defensive efforts
  • However, they have cancelled the shipment of helmets and is now sending 1 000 anti-tank weapons and 500 stinger missiles

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BERLIN - Earlier in the week, Germany announced that it would be sending helmets to Ukraine to help soldiers and citizens resist the Russian invasion.

However, following widespread outcry the country had done a dramatic u-turn and cancelled the shipment of helmets.

Germany, Ukraine, Russia, NATO, Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky
Germany has cancelled its shipment of 5 000 military helmets and is sending weapons instead. Photo credit: Ulrich Baumgarten
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Instead, they are now arming the Ukrainians with anti-tank weapons systems and missiles. According to Business Insider, the German government will supply Ukraine with 1 000 anti-tank weapons and 500 stinger missiles, a powerful anti-air weapon system.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took to Twitter to announce that the Russian aggression was a turning point in European politics.

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"The Russian attack marks a turning point. It is our duty to do our best to help Ukraine defend against the invading army of #Putin . That's why we're supplying 1000 anti-tank weapons and 500 stinger missiles to our friends in the #Ukraine ."

In addition, Germany has lifted NATO restrictions on sending German-related weapons into a conflict zone. Germany has also given Estonia permission to send eight howitzers, large artillery pieces.

The Netherlands will also send 400 RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) to Ukraine according to Axios.

Ukrainian President asks Israel to mediate talks with Russia

Earlier, Briefly News reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked Israel to help mediate the conflict between his country and Russia.

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Zelensky has asked Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as he believes that Israel is the only country that has the best relationship with all parties involved.

Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk told Reuters that Isreal had been identified as a possible intermediary since last year.

Video shows rocket hit apartment building as Russia fires on Ukrainian cities

In similar news, Russia has launched a number of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities on Saturday as the conflict continued to escalate.

Dramatic footage has shown a rocket strike an apartment building in the capital of Kyiv. The rocket hit the building followed by a large explosion leaving a gaping hole in the side of the tall building.

Video footage from inside the apartment shows the extent of the damage the rocket strike inflicted.

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