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Pistorius promises to increase production of German weapons for Ukraine

Pistorius promises to increase production of German weapons for Ukraine German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has acknowledged delays in supplying weapons to Ukraine but assured that the capacity of the German defense industry will be increased as quickly as possible, according to DW.

"We have a well-known problem: the defense industry is unable to keep up with the demand in certain areas," said Pistorius.

He added that this applies to both ammunition and anti-aircraft defense systems.

According to the minister, the defense industry is expanding capabilities wherever possible, but speed is an issue over which you cannot have unlimited control.

The head of the German Ministry of Defense explained that time is needed to open a factory and create the necessary reserves, in order to then be able to produce quickly and without interruptions.

As an example, Pistorius cited the production of ammunition for the Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, which Germany had to restore.

According to him, "although it was done relatively quickly, nevertheless, it took six months."

Germany's assistance to Ukraine

Germany has become one of the countries providing military, political, and financial support to Ukraine. Berlin has supplied various types of artillery, Leopard tanks of older and newer modifications, IRIS-T and Patriot air defense systems, ammunition, vehicles, drones, and other types of weaponry.

Earlier, the German government announced that it was allocating 200 million euros to Ukraine, with the funds going towards the country's reconstruction.

It was also reported that the second group of Ukrainian Patriot air defense system operators completed training in Germany. Seventy Ukrainian soldiers and officers underwent more than six weeks of training.

On December 2, Germany delivered a new package of military aid to Ukraine, including various types of vehicles, projectiles, and anti-drone systems.