The German government has agreed to send more heavy weapons to Ukraine, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced on Friday. The latest weapons deliveries will include seven self-propelled howitzer artillery systems (Panzerhaubitze 2000), Lambrecht said during a visit with German soldiers in Slovakia on Friday. Training will be offered for the howitzers, which reach a firing distance between 30 to 40 kilometers (19 to 25 miles), according to the German military. The move comes after a major shift in German policy to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, including “Gepard” anti-aircraft systems. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has faced increasing criticism over Germany not doing enough to help Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

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