Germany set to deliver terrifying Gepard tanks to Ukraine as Putin directly threatens EU

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Germany’s Defence Minsiter Christine Lambrecht intends to announce this at the meeting of representatives from 40 countries at the American Ramstein airbase on Tuesday. 

Representatives from the 40 countries will be there to discuss the security and sovereignty of Ukraine. 

Germany has come under some fire for its hesitation over delivering heavy weapons to Ukraine, but seems to have had a turnaround and now pledges to deliver Gepard tanks from Bundeswehr stocks. 

These tanks are based on the chassis of the Leopard 1 and are equipped with two 35mm cannons and radar and can engage ground targets in addition to air targets.

The arms manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been given permission to sell the technically refurbished anti-aircraft tanks. 


It comes after Russia accused NATO of being engaged in a “proxy” war with the country after supplying weapons to Ukraine. 

In a chilling warning on Tuesday, Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared “war means war”. 

In an interview broadcast on Russian television on Monday, he said: “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”

Speaking about Western shipments of weapons to Kyiv, Mr Lavrov added: “These weapons will be a legitimate target for Russia’s military acting within the context of the special operation.


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