“Waiting for Cheetah”: For many weeks this has been the unwanted motto of Ukraine, which promised Germany in April the delivery of Cheetah tanks to defend against the Russian invaders. But that this promise also has its pitfalls, the eXXpress knew shortly after the announcement by the German government, which had been hesitant for a long time, to deliver weapons to the war zone. One of the snags with the tank delivery was the timing: It would be months before the first tanks crossed the Ukrainian border – the complete delivery could not arrive until the end of 2023, it was said at the time. And now it’s clear: Germany can really only deliver the first tanks in the summer.
On Friday – the same day Ukraine had to give up the strategically important city of Mariupol – it became known that the first 15 Gepard anti-aircraft gun tanks from German industry stocks are not expected to arrive in Ukraine until July. This is the result of a conversation between German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) and her Ukrainian counterpart Oleksiy Resnikov, the German Press Agency (dpa) reported. According to this, training support from the Bundeswehr, the provision of almost 60,000 rounds of ammunition and a further 15 tanks are to be delivered “still in the summer”.