No more ammunition for the Cheetah: German politicians threaten neutral Switzerland

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Image - Artem Grebenyuk/shutterstock

German politicians are now accusing neutral Switzerland of “not providing assistance”: Switzerland refuses to provide 12,400 rounds of ammunition for the German Cheetah anti-aircraft used in Ukraine for which the ammunition is running out. 

The tone in the European West is becoming more severe, and the nations that previously were friends are now feeling openly threatened: the Swiss government are capturing the anger of the German politicians  of the CDU and the FDP because they are doing what their own population have wanted for decades. That is to say, in all countries, to remain neutral in the conflicts and act accordingly, as reported by exxpress. 

It wasn’t too difficult to foresee that the Ukrainian army would receive Cheetah anti-aircraft tanks, but the existence of ammunition for the 47,5 tonne vehicles is dwindling relatively quickly in the ongoing mass conflict situation. 

The government of Berlin was expecting to reach a solution with supplies from Brazil and Norway, but both options couldn’t be implemented in reality. 

The 15 German Cheetah anti air-craft tanks in Ukraine, that can shoot 1,100 shots per minute, are urgently lacking the necessary ammunition: initially they could only supply 54,000 rounds, after some hours of intense anti-air operations, only the Cheetah would be a tiger in a toothless room. 

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