Germany to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has agreed to send tanks to Ukraine

Germany is to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has agreed to send tanks to Ukraine

Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the decision to send the tanks, and allow other countries to send theirs too, at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday (25.01.23).

Scholz has authorised other countries – including Poland, Spain and Norway – to also send tanks to help the war effort.

US President Joe Biden is also expected to announce plans to send at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks.

Scholz said: “This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability. We are acting in a closely coordinated manner internationally.”

A Kremlin spokesman said that the tanks would “burn like all the rest”.

Dmitry Peskov claims that there is an overestimation of the potential that the tanks would bring to the Ukrainian army and called the move a “failed plan”.

However, Ukrainian officials say they are urgently in need of heavier weapons and say that sufficient battle tanks could help Kyiv’s forces seize back territory from Russia.

Both the US and Germany had resisted internal and external pressure to send their tanks to Ukraine.

Germans endured months of political debate about concerns that sending in the tanks would escalate the conflict and make NATO a direct party to the war with Russia.

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