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Germany, Denmark, Norway to give Ukraine howitzers

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany, Denmark and Norway will supply Ukraine with 16 armoured howitzer artillery systems from next year, Berlin said yesterday, as Kyiv seeks heavier weapons to boost its fightback against Russia.

The announcement came after German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht visited Ukraine this weekend for the first time since Moscow’s invasion in February.

Germany, Denmark and Norway had agreed to jointly finance the procurement of the Slovakian Zuzana-2 guns at a cost of EUR92 million, said the defence ministry in Berlin.

They will be produced in Slovakia, with delivery to Ukraine to begin in 2023.

The new pledge still falls short of what Ukraine has been asking for. Kyiv has repeatedly sought Leopard battle tanks from Germany.