The German Federal Government has said it supports the Ukrainian military in close coordination with its partners and allies. This includes deliveries from the Federal Armed Forces, as well as supplies from German industry financed from the Federal Government’s funds for security capacity building.
Funding for the security capacity building initiative amounts to a total of EU €2.2. billion Euros for this year. The funds are to be used primarily to support Ukraine. At the same time, they will be used to finance Germany’s increased mandatory contributions to the European Peace Facility (EPF) which in turn goes towards reimbursing EU member states for costs incurred to them in providing support for Ukraine.
A comprehensive list provided by the German Federal Government reveals a range of equipment supplied including 60 drone detection systems, 10 winter camouflage vests, 32 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, 22 million rounds of ammunition for fire arms and 100,000 hand grenades, to name a few.
In a recent government statement following on from the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Federal Chancellor Scholz reassured Ukraine of its full support, stating: “Germany has become more resilient in this new era.”
“We are investing in the safety and security of our country,” Scholz said, adding that the Federal Government stands firmly by Ukraine in its defence of its sovereignty with a view to bringing about a just peace for the country. “That is why we have been providing Ukraine and its citizens with humanitarian, economic, and military aid amounting to in excess of 14 billion euros over the past twelve months.”
The total value of individual licenses issued by the Federal Government from 1 January 2022 to 27 February 2023 amounts to €2,591,542,240. The total license value includes the goods listed as their export is subject to licensing requirements under German foreign trade laws.
In order to speed up the processing of certain deliveries, the Federal Government has also eased certain licensing processes with regard to military protective goods.