German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht resigns amid Ukraine war backlash

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht on Monday formally tendered her resignation.

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German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht on Monday tendered her resignation, amid scrutiny over Berlin’s response to the war in Ukraine.

Lambrecht, a senior lawmaker in German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party, had faced sustained pressure over her credibility to lead the country’s armed forces.

Her stepdown comes as Germany mulls whether to approve an increase in military support to Ukraine in order to help Kyiv’s armed forces prevail against the Russian onslaught.

“Today I asked the chancellor to dismiss me from the office of federal minister of defence,” Lambrecht said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Multiple media outlets reported over the weekend that Lambrecht’s resignation could be imminent, following a series of missteps.

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