Germany has reportedly made the decision to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to help repel Russia's invasion, and furthermore to allow other countries such as Poland to send over their Leopard 2 tanks, while the United States is finalizing plans to send US-made Abrams to the embattled country, various media reported on Tuesday.
In a recent statement made by the Polish Defence Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland has officially requested Germany to re-export Leopard 2 tanks...see more
Reuters said it based its report on this matter thanks to two sources familiar with the topic.
Germany’s federal government finally “paves the way for the delivery of Leopard 2 main battle tanks”, German Der Spiegel daily wrote on Tuesday, adding that at least one company of Leopard 2A6s, which is about 14 tanks, will make the journey from Germany to Ukraine.
This information remains as yet unverified given the lack of comment from German government spokespersons, and also the foreign and defence ministries in Berlin.
Nonetheless, Katrin Goering-Eckardt, deputy head of the Bundestag, tweeted “The #Leopard's freed!” on Tuesday sharing a link to a media report on the news.
Meanwhile, Christian Duerr, parliamentary leader of the co-governing Free Democrats (FDP), was quoted by t-online news website as saying “today the Chancellor made a decision that no one took lightly. The fact that Germany will support Ukraine with the Leopard tank is a strong sign of solidarity.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak stated that Poland has officially requested Germany to deliver Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. This move ramped had up the pressure on Berlin to decisively call the shots on allowing the re-export of the NATO workhorse heavy tank.
While it had seemed the US and its allies had failed to persuade Germany during a Friday meeting of defence leaders in Ramstein, on Tuesday nevertheless German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced: “We are preparing our decision, which will come very soon” as to the tanks.
Polish President Andrzej Duda stated a couple of days ago, that Poland would deliver its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Other allies such as Finland, intend to tag along together with Germany in supplying their Leopard tanks to Kyiv.
The first to report on the US considering sending in the Abrams, was by Sky News Arabia.
If true -and I believe it is- it will take significant time to not just train the crews & units (as stated in the article) but also even more time to “set” logistics & support infrastructure. This is part of long-term plan to help transform Ukraine’s Army. https://t.co/EQ8In5BFUV— MarkHertling (@MarkHertling) January 24, 2023