Most German howitzers in Ukraine out of service – MP — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Only five of the 15 PzH 2000 howitzers supplied by the West are still operational in Ukraine, according to a German politician

Most of the German PzH 2000 howitzers that were supplied to Ukraine from the West have already broken down and need to be repaired, according to Marcus Faber, a member of the German Bundestag who recently visited Ukraine.

In an interview with German media NTV on Wednesday, the politician said he was surprised to learn from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense that only five of the 15 German-made PzH 2000 howitzers supplied to Ukraine by Berlin and Amsterdam were still operational. He added that the cause of the failures was not Russian fire, but the fact that the guns were “massively used” by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

While Kyiv has yet to officially confirm Faber’s statements, Spiegel reported last month that Ukraine informed Germany that a number of PzH 2000 howitzers were malfunctioning after heavy use. According to the outlet, the German Ministry of Defense believed that the problems may have been due to high-intensity firing, which could have impacted the artillery cartridge loading mechanism. Der Spiegel said 100 strokes a day was considered a “high level of shooting intensity” for the howitzer.

Faber also said that kyiv had asked for more spare parts for weapons and was “optimistic” that he could restore the howitzers to working order. He noted that while Germany had already supplied Ukraine with batches of spare parts, not all of them were “the good ones”.

He pointed out that spare parts were not always enough and that larger repairs required special workshops, which meant that Ukrainians could only carry out minor repairs themselves. According to Faber, kyiv has already asked for help to build its own repair facilities to avoid having to send the howitzers out of the country for maintenance.

Germany has so far provided kyiv with ten PzH 2000 howitzers while another five have been provided by the Netherlands, which has pledged three more.

Meanwhile, German arms maker Krauss-Maffei Wegmann struck a deal with the Ukrainian government in late July that would see the company produce and supply kyiv with some 100 PzH 2000 howitzers, according to a report by Der Spiegel. A company spokesman reportedly said the arms deal was worth $1.72 billion, nearly triple the cost of all the military aid Berlin has sent to kyiv forces since Russia launched his military operation at the end of February.

However, Faber stressed that these 100 howitzers will not be delivered to Ukraine until the end of next year and called on Berlin to send weapons from kyiv from its own reserves, which could then be replenished by Ukrainian order. .

Germany has already supplied the Ukrainian forces with thousands of man-portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, tens of thousands of anti-tank mines, as well as millions of cartridges. However, kyiv and even the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany have always criticized Berlin for what they called the reluctance to send military aid to Ukraine and the slow delivery times.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the West against sending weapons to kyiv, saying it only prolongs the conflict and increases the number of casualties.

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