Germany says it will deliver seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine after reversing its policy to not send heavy armaments to war zones.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told reporters during a visit to Slovakia on May 6 that the weapons will come from current inventories, with delivery expected in the coming weeks.

The move comes after a major shift in German policy to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, including “Gepard” antiaircraft systems.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has faced increasing criticism over Germany not doing enough to help Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

A reminder that, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, starting a war. Russian troops are shelling and destroying the key infrastructure facilities, launching missile and air strikes on residential areas in Ukrainian cities and villages, torturing and murdering civilians.