Deutsche Welle
January 5, 2023

Ukraine updates: Germany and US to send armored vehicles
Kyiv will receive a significant upgrade in firepower from Germany and the United States

Germany and the United States will send armored vehicles to Ukraine, the leaders of the two countries said in a joint statement.

The announcement came after a phone call between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked for the vehicles to significantly increase his military’s firepower….

The US would provide Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, while Germany would supply Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicles, the two nations said.

Germany would also send a Patriot missile system, following Washington’s donation last month….

Scholz and Biden added they would welcome allies’ “additional donations of air defense systems and combat vehicles.”

Germany didn’t specify how many Marder vehicles would supplied, but Der Spiegel reported it could be as many as 40.


January 6, 2023

Berlin to send 40 Marder armored vehicles, Patriot system to Ukraine in Q1

Germany will send Ukraine 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles and a Patriot missile defense system in the first quarter of 2023.

German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said this at a briefing on January 6….

“As for the Marder, we are talking about a battalion – about 40 vehicles. These 40 vehicles should be handed over to Ukraine in the first quarter,” he said.

He noted that training for Ukrainian soldiers to use the vehicles would take about eight weeks and would be provided in Germany.

The same package also includes a Patriot air defense system, and the transfer of a battery is scheduled for the first quarter.

Earlier reports said that Germany had decided to supply Ukraine with Marder IFVs and a Patriot battery, which was announced on January 5 after a phone call between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and U.S. President Joe Biden, who for his part announced new aid from the United States.