'No time to waste': Scholz's fellow party members point out importance of transferring Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine
Andreas Schwarz, a member of parliament of Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party, urged Berlin not to procrastinate with the delivery of long-range Taurus missiles to Ukraine. He warned the country's authorities against losing time in this matter.
About it writes Bild. As noted, Schwarz said that the Defense Forces need such weapons in order to support the counterattack at the front and the liberation of the occupied by the Russians settlements.
He noted that Ukraine currently does not have a significant Air Force to support the offensive, so only guided weapons, such as Taurus cruise missiles, remain. With the help of these weapons, the Ukrainian army can overcome the minefields set up by the Russians and reclaim its territory.
He recalled how long Germany hesitated to transfer Leopard tanks to Ukraine. In the end, the decision was still made, but a lot of time was lost. Schwarz said that in the case of Taurus missiles, the decision on their transfer is likely to be made, too, so there is no point in stalling.
The MP also commented on the words of German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius regarding the fact that Taurus has a "special range" and that Ukraine can use them to strike objects on the territory of the aggressor country. He noted that the Ukrainian army can already reach the Russian Federation using the Mars and HIMARS artillery systems supplied to them.
"We want to ensure that Ukraine is able to win the war faster. For this purpose, it needs air-to-ground cruise missiles of the Taurus type," the MP said.
Taurus is an air-to-ground cruise missile designed for high-precision strikes and defeating highly protected and deep targets. Taurus is a direct competitor to the Storm Shadow cruise missile, a joint Anglo-French development.
The Taurus missile weighs 1,400 kg and is 5 meters long. The missile has been in service with the Bundeswehr since 2005 and has a range of 500 kilometers.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, German authorities are delaying the sending of the military aid package promised to Kyiv in May. FRG has so far transferred only 10 Leopard 1 tanks.