DUkraine and its allies are trying to obtain more ammunition for the Gepard weapon system. The anti-aircraft tanks from former Bundeswehr stocks are gradually running out of supplies, which are already scarce. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has now apparently asked her Swiss colleague to withdraw her refusal to hand over the ammunition stored there. Corresponding reports from Swiss newspapers were picked up by the “Spiegel” in Germany, but were not confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.
The 35 millimeter projectiles fired by the “cheetah” are no longer part of the standard ammunition. In July there was an appointment with a Norwegian manufacturer for post-production. However, this production does not seem to be sufficient or has not even started. Decommissioned anti-aircraft tanks had been delivered to Ukraine in small numbers since the end of July, 30 in all, albeit with very low ammunition supplies.
Meanwhile, there were renewed Russian attacks on the energy infrastructure in central Ukraine on Thursday night. A local power company said it caused serious damage. In Kyiv, there could therefore be further restrictions on the power supply. The Ukrainian capital is currently missing a third of its capacity due to the attacks.
Meanwhile, Russia is threatening to attack American commercial satellites if they are used by the Ukrainian military to transmit data. The Starlink satellites are important for the communication of the Ukrainian army, and satellite images from the Maxar company have also played an important role in the investigation of war crimes. Russia has denied statements that President Vladimir Putin had offered Ukraine’s president talks. The President of Guinea-Bissau said this at a joint press conference with Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday evening in Kyiv.