Ukraine is said to have asked Germany for Taurus cruise missiles

2023-05-27 06:50:00

As the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper” reports, the German Ministry of Defense confirmed the request from Ukraine. According to the “FAS”, a spokesman for the German federal government did not want to comment on whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj personally addressed this request to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), which information from the newspaper suggested.

Taurus cruise missiles have a range of up to 500 kilometers. They are dropped from fighter planes and find their targets on their own. The missile can fly under radar. It is considered an effective weapon against protected targets such as command bunkers or ammunition depots.

In an interview with the “FAS”, the foreign politicians Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU) and Michael Roth (SPD), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the German Bundestag, advocated that Germany actively supports the deliveries of F-16 fighter jets by the USA to Ukraine, for example through education. According to Kiesewetter, Berlin could contribute to the armament of the F-16 through Taurus. Experts assured him that it was not “rocket science” to adapt the German cruise missile to the American F-16.

Roth and Kiesewetter justified their claim with the significant losses suffered by the Ukrainian air force since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The newspaper cites “US information” that Ukraine had already lost 60 of its 145 combat aircraft earlier this year.


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