Ukraine asked Germany for Taurus cruise missiles with a range of up to 500 kilometers. The Ministry of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany confirmed the receipt of the corresponding request to Spiegel. Exactly how many missiles Ukraine has requested is not specified.
As Spiegel notes, earlier the defense expert of the Christian Democratic Union, Roderich Kiesewetter, spoke out for the supply of Taurus missiles to Ukraine. According to him, missiles with a flight range of up to 500 kilometers would allow “to strike the Russian military infrastructure far behind the front line.” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius cautiously reacted to Kiesewetter’s proposal.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung sources, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the possibility of supplying German missiles with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin in early May.
The Taurus cruise missile is launched from a fighter jet and can deliver a 400-kilogram warhead to a distance of up to 500 kilometers. According to Spiegel, about 600 Taurus missiles were purchased for the Bundeswehr ten years ago, of which about 150 are ready for use.
- Great Britain became the first country to supply Ukraine with long-range missiles. In mid-May, Ukraine received Storm Shadow cruise missiles with a range of more than 250 kilometers. Before that, the Ukrainian army received weapons from the West capable of attacking targets at a distance of up to 80 kilometers.