Germany has just announced its expected decision and approved the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. The German government spokesman announced that in the first step, 14 Leopard 2 tanks will be provided and the training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany will begin soon.
German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit just announced that Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Hebestreit announced that as a first step, 14 Leopard 2 tanks will be procured from military stocks and training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany will begin soon.
POLAND WAS ALSO WAITING FOR PERMISSION
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius previously announced that he had told other countries that they could train the Ukrainian army in the use of Leopard 2 tanks, but did not commit to sending tanks to Ukraine.
The Polish government announced this week that it wanted to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, but needed Germany’s export permit.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at least 16 countries have Leopard 2 tanks.
EYES LOOKED TO THE USA
The US and Germany have been under pressure from both the public and their Western allies in the country for tank aid to Ukraine for a while. After Germany’s decision, the USA is expected to announce to the public that it will send tens of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials have been saying for some time that Tank aid could make a significant difference in the war with Russia.
REACTION FROM KREMLIN
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitriy Peskov targeted the US-made Abrams tanks, which the US is expected to send to Ukraine. “I’m sure many experts think this idea is absurd. This is a plan that will fail for technological reasons. The point is that the potential it could add to the Ukrainian military is overstated,” Peskov said. Emphasizing that these tanks will be the target of the Russian army if they are supplied to Ukraine, Peskov said, “These tanks will burn just like the others. However, they are very expensive and this will put a new burden on the shoulders of European taxpayers.”