German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has completed a planned delivery of more than 500 million euros ($499 million) worth of additional weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, according to government officials familiar with the plans.

The German government will provide Ukraine with more ammunition, anti-drone equipment and armored recovery vehicles in the coming weeks as part of a new package announced by the German leader on Tuesday. Scholz spoke at a conference in Kiev together with other world leaders in video communication.

“We will continue to deliver weapons,” Scholz told a conference call from Toronto during a three-day trip to Canada. “We launched a new package including very advanced air defense systems, missile launchers, tons of ammunition, anti-drone equipment and armored recovery vehicles.”

According to the Kiel Institute of the World Economy, Germany has allocated weapons and equipment worth 700 million euros to Ukraine, and another 500 million euros is earmarked for financing military equipment.

In June, Scholz said that Germany would supply Ukraine with a block of the modern IRIS-T guided missile system. Scholz and his government are under increasing pressure from NATO allies for moving too slowly in sending military aid to Ukraine, which is defending itself against a Russian invasion.

In addition to the first IRIS-T unit, Germany will send three additional units of the high-performance weapon system over the next year, according to one of the officials. The additional equipment has not yet been assembled — it is so new that the German military does not yet have it in its arsenal, the official said.

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