Germany is to establish a maintenance hub in Slovakia to service and repair weapons it has delivered to Ukraine, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on Tuesday.
“We have reached an agreement, and work can start immediately so that all the equipment which has been supplied [to Kyiv] can be repaired after coming out of battle,” she told reporters as she arrived for a meeting with her EU counterparts in Brussels.
Slovak Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď said repair work would start in the next several weeks and focus mainly on howitzers and anti-aircraft systems.
#Germany will create a center in #Slovakia for the restoration of weapons that were delivered to #Ukraine and require maintenance or repair, – German Defense Minister Kristina #Lambrecht.
The main attention will be paid to the German Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers. pic.twitter.com/iTVwNB6jJV
— Sander (@SanderRegter) November 15, 2022
Talks on the arrangement, funded by Germany, began in September, Mr Naď said, adding the two countries sought a quick agreement to aid Ukraine as it fights Russia’s invasion.
“Because Russian aggression in Ukraine does not let up, our help cannot be delayed either,” he said in a statement.
Ms Lambrecht also informed Berlin was planning to train some 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers in Germany by next June as part of a European Union training mission.
Germany will train 5,000 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said the German Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht.
"In addition, we are creating technical maintenance and repair of military equipment in Slovakia." pic.twitter.com/JCElukduRp
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