Germany and the US will reportedly send tanks to Ukraine to help the country fight off a Russian invasion.
While there has been no official confirmation from Berlin or Washington, Ukrainian Officials celebrated what they said was a potential game changer.
“A few hundred tanks for our tank crew – the best tank crew in the world. That’s what’s going to be real.”
Swamping democracy against autocracy,” Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s administration, wrote on Telegram.
US President Joe Biden’s administration is said to be ready to approve the shipment of M1 Abrams tanks, while Germany is said to be preparing to ship Leopard 2 tanks.
Der Spiegel magazine said Germany’s decision concerned at least one Leopard 2 tank company. A company usually consists of 14 tanks.
Berlin is also expected to announce that it will approve Poland’s request to transfer German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the Poles — and other Western allies he did not identify — were already training Ukrainian troops on the Leopard in Poland.
Kyiv has been asking the West for months to send tanks to provide firepower and mobility to its forces, which it hopes can break through Russian defense lines and retake Russian-held territory. will
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Germany’s cautious move could cause further tension for Moscow.
German Chancellor Olaf Schulz’s Social Democrats were pushing back against the move, warning that it could further provoke Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the deployment of Western tanks would have “unequivocally negative” consequences.
German-made Leopards, used by armies across Europe, are widely considered the best option because they are widely available and easy to deploy and maintain.
The US M1 Abrams, meanwhile, is considered a less viable option due to its heavy fuel consumption and difficulty in maintaining, but the move to supply the tanks is designed to facilitate Germany, which has drawn controversy among allies in Ukraine. The United Front has urged, to allow the supply of leopards.
Officials reportedly said the tanks would likely be purchased through funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), a process that could take months or even years to deliver.
Britain will send Challenger 2 tanks.
The UK announced earlier this month. It will send a squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine. “In the coming weeks”.
It comes after Sky News exclusively revealed it. Britain was considering supplying British tanks to Ukraine..
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