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Germany allows shipment of armed vehicles to Ukraine: report

Germany has approved the delivery of nearly 60 armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine, local media reported on Friday.

The government has granted the Czech Republic permission to transfer the BMP-1 type infantry fighting vehicles, which previously belonged to Germany, according to the daily Die Welt.

The armored vehicles will be delivered to Ukraine in the coming weeks after a technical inspection, the daily specifies.

Combat vehicles from the former East German army were transferred to Sweden in the late 1990s and then sold to a company in the Czech Republic.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly called on European countries to provide heavy weapons, tanks and fighter jets to his country.

Germany has long resisted calls from the United States and other allies to supply arms to Ukraine, but reversed its longstanding policy after Russia’s military attack.

Russia’s war on Ukraine, which began on February 24, has sparked international outrage, with the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions against Moscow.

At least 1,276 civilians have been killed and 1,981 injured in Ukraine, according to UN estimates, with the true figure feared to be much higher.

More than 4.1 million Ukrainians have also fled to other countries, with millions more internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency.