Germany's Scholz under pressure to speed up weapons exports to Ukraine

Kyiv says decisions are moving too slowly while Russia continues to bomb the country

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says weapons exports are being made in consultation with allies. Getty

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is under growing pressure to speed up weapons exports to Ukraine amid impatience from Kyiv at what it sees as a slow response while the Russian onslaught continues.

Although Mr Scholz has spoken of a historic shift in German policy after years of conciliation towards Russia, critics say this has been half-hearted in practice, with Berlin accused of lagging behind allies in offering practical support.

The cool atmosphere was underlined this week by a row over a potential visit to Ukraine