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Germany pledges major long-term military aid to Ukraine

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Germany pledges major long-term military aid to Ukraine
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Kay Nietfeld

Germany will have supplied Ukraine with around €17 billion in military assistance by 2027, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday, as part of a sustained aid commitment to Kyiv.

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Scholz hailed already agreed budget earmarks that he said would allow Berlin to pledge the support for the five-year period since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

A government document published on Wednesday said the investment included €2 billion in 2022, some €5.4 billion this year and another €10.5 billion by 2027.

He told reporters it meant that Germany would provide "the biggest support, also militarily" among Ukraine's partners after the United States.

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During a NATO summit in Vilnius this week, Germany pledged another €700 million in arms for Ukraine.

The package includes two Patriot missile system launchers, another 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles and 25 Leopard 1 tanks.

Germany in May had already announced a new weapons bundle worth €2.7 billion for Ukraine, ahead of a visit by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Germany has dropped a traditionally pacifist stance and sent a vast array of weaponry to Kyiv, from air defence to artillery systems.

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Berlin earlier this year started sending advanced Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, after months of pleas from Kyiv for the heavy weapons to bolster its counteroffensive against Russia.

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