© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of the army stroll on a tank, as Germany delivers its first Leopard tanks to Slovakia as a part of a deal after Slovakia donated combating automobiles to Ukraine, in Bratislava, Slovakia, December 19, 2022. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa
By Andreas Rinke
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will provide its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, it introduced on Wednesday, overcoming misgivings about sending heavy weaponry that Kyiv sees as essential to defeat the Russian invasion however Moscow solid as a useless provocation.
Strain has been constructing for weeks on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s authorities to ship the tanks and permit different NATO allies to do the identical forward of anticipated spring offensives by each side that would assist flip the tide of the warfare.
Scholz’s authorities had stalled on the choice, cautious of strikes that would immediate Russia to escalate or suck the NATO alliance into changing into occasion to the battle.
Germany’s choice paves the way in which for different international locations similar to Poland, Spain and Norway to produce their shares of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
“This choice follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the very best of our capability. We’re performing in a intently coordinated method internationally,” Scholz mentioned in an announcement.
The aim was to shortly set up two battalions with Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine, the assertion mentioned, including Germany would in a primary step present 14 Leopard 2 tanks from army shares.
Coaching of Ukrainian troops in Germany will start quickly, and Germany can even present logistics and ammunition, it mentioned.
Germany will difficulty the suitable switch permits to accomplice international locations that need to shortly ship Leopard 2 tanks from their shares to Ukraine, it mentioned.