BERLIN (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – Nov 19, 2022) The Ukrainian army is facing a shortage of spare parts for the German Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzers, Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, citing German Bundeswehr sources .
According to the report, Berlin delivered 14 units of PzH 2000 to Ukraine. However, the German Federal Ministry of Defense did not order spare parts in time for the regular maintenance of the howitzers to keep them operational. Planning errors in the process of ordering spare parts significantly compromise the combat readiness of German howitzers in Ukraine, according to the report.
The majority of artillery systems delivered by Germany to Ukraine are in need of repair. Spiegel quoted Bundeswehr sources as saying the Ukrainians are firing around 300 shells a day, which puts a lot of wear on weapons systems.
Six German howitzers have already been delivered to Lithuania for repair. However, due to shortage of spare parts, technical specialists had to dismantle one of the howitzers into pieces and temporarily leave it in Lithuania, according to the report.
The spare parts shortage is no surprise, Spiegel reported.
At the end of the summer, the Bundeswehr purchasing department had already asked the Ministry of Defense to order spare parts for howitzers and MARS II multiple rocket launcher systems because they require a long delivery time. , but no order had been placed by the ministry.
Since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Western countries have provided Kyiv with humanitarian, military and financial aid. Moscow has denounced the flow of arms to Ukraine from its Western allies, saying it adds fuel to the fire.
Moscow has repeatedly warned the West against further involvement in the conflict, while the European Union, the United States and NATO have maintained that they are not part of the hostilities despite training soldiers Ukrainians, sending their instructors and equipment to Ukraine and providing intelligence.
In April, Russia sent a diplomatic note to all countries on the issue of arms deliveries to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any shipment containing weapons destined for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia.