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Leaked audio obtained by Russian spies shows Germany was considering giving Ukraine missiles to destroy key Crimean bridge: WSJ

  • Russian spies recorded a conversation involving top German officers, WSJ reported.

  • The officials discussed plans to send Ukraine missiles that could destroy the Crimean Bridge.

  • That goal is one of the main reasons why Germany is reluctant to supply the missiles.

Leaked audio obtained by Russian spies and later broadcast by Russia’s state-run news network RT on Friday shows top German officials discussing plans to possibly send long-range missiles to Ukraine that could take out the key Crimean bridge.

Senior German officials confirmed the authenticity of the audio to The Wall Street Journal.

The audio related to a meeting in February at which Germany’s top air chief, General Ingo Gerhartz, convened his aides to prepare a presentation for the country’s defense minister. The presentation was to outline how Germany could deliver the Taurus, a long-range guided missile, to Ukraine and how many missiles would be needed to destroy the Kerch Bridge, The Journal reported.

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The missiles have been one of Ukraine’s main requests to Germany. The Taurus has a long range of about 500 kilometers, according to MBDA, a European missile manufacturer, and stealth capabilities that can avoid radar detection, making it possible to target more complex infrastructure such as a bridge.

But it is also the main reason that the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been reluctant – much to the frustration of some officials in Scholz’s cabinet and the conservative opposition – to supply weapons to Ukraine.

The Taurus is a “very far-reaching weapon,” Scholz said Monday at a conference organized by the German news agency dpa, according to The Associated Press. The chancellor argued that the weapons system was unnecessary and expressed concern that it could escalate the war.

The leaked audio does not confirm that Germany would definitively send Taurus missiles to Ukraine. The leak may have further jeopardized any chance that Ukraine will obtain the weapons, analysts said, according to The Journal.

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In the conversation, military officers considered how to deliver the Taurus to Ukraine, how long it would take to train Ukrainian soldiers to operate the missile, and how many missiles Germany should send, The Journal reported.

According to the report, officials also acknowledge that the Taurus could destroy the Crimean Bridge – a key supply line for Russia – and that 10 to 20 missiles would be needed to evade Russia’s defense system and destroy its infrastructure.

“There’s no real reason to say we can’t do this; it just depends on the political red lines,” Gerhartz says in the audio, according to The Journal. The general can also be heard saying that Germany should not send more than 100 missiles because this would not help Ukraine mount a ground offensive, the report said.

The Kremlin expressed outrage at Germany after the audio leak.

“We demand an explanation from Germany,” Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told TASS, the Russian state news agency. “Any attempt to avoid answering questions will be viewed as an admission of guilt.”

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Spokespeople for the German Defense Ministry and the chancellor’s office did not respond to a request for comment sent over the weekend.

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