"In this situation it is our duty to support Ukraine's defense against the invading army of Vladimir Putin to the best of our ability," he said after the attack.
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Richard Walker, DW's chief international editor, said Germany could quickly send the shoulder-fired Strela missiles to Ukraine because they were readily available.
"These are not complicated weapons: they are a type of weapons that many people in the Ukrainian military would have been familiar with over the years," he said.
Walker added the weapons would be easy to deploy because they are small enough to be carried by people.
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He said despite the weapon deliveries, Germany doesn't want to "become part of this conflict."
A German lawmaker told DW he was surprised the weapons were still in the country's arsenal.
"We are heavily searching now what we can afford to give away, and somebody found them, I was also surprised I did not even know that we have those Strela weapons still in our compartment," said Alexander Müller of the Free Democrats.