Germany and Slovenia have shipped PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers and 35 M80A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Ukraine.
The howitzers have arrived in Ukraine and are the first shipment of heavy weapons pledged by Germany, reported Reuters, citing Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov.
“Panzerhaubitze 2000 are finally part of [the] 155mm howitzer arsenal of the Ukrainian artillery,” Reznikov said on Twitter.
The Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) is a 155mm self-propelled howitzer and is a powerful artillery weapon used by the German army. It is capable of hitting targets over 40km away.
In May, Germany committed to delivering seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine.
According to Ukraine’s president’s office head Andriy Yermak, the set of weapons committed by Berlin includes 30 Gepard tanks and three MARS II multiple rocket launchers, as well as 500 shoulder-fired Stinger missiles, reported the news agency.
The US, the UK, France, Norway, and Poland have shipped self-propelled and towed howitzers to Ukraine to assist with its fight against Russia.
Ukraine had previously asked the West to supply 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks, and 1,000 drones, among other weapon systems, to keep its armed forces strong in the wake of the Russian invasion.
Slovenia has sent 35 M80A infantry fighting vehicles to the war-torn nation, reported 24ur.com.
In return for this donation, the US will provide Slovenia with a voucher, with a value exceeding the cost of the transferred equipment, to purchase weapons.
The compact BVP M80A is a modified version of the BMP-2 with a combat weight of 13,850kg. The Slovenian BVP is equipped with a Hispano-Suiza HS.804 20mm autocannon and has a range of 1500m. According to the Ukrainian defence ministry site, it has an ammunition of 400 shells.
Slovenian Defense Minister Marjan Šarec recently said that the country has exhausted its arsenal of weapons to be supplied to Ukraine, but will continue to help Kyiv with military training.
British Military Intelligence said that the Ukrainian forces successfully used Harpoon anti-ship missiles, donated by the West, to fight Russian forces, reported Reuters.