Germany sends Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine – reports – UKTN – 2023-01-24

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German news magazine The mirror and others published stories on Tuesday evening saying that the government in Berlin had decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

This follows a long-running debate on the issue among NATO allies and comes after Poland formally requested permission from Berlin earlier on Tuesday to send some of its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

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Mirror magazine reported that the decision would involve sending at least one company of Leopard 2A6 tanks. The 2A6 version is the second newest available and the most recent to be available in greater numbers.

Mirror attributed his information to government sources, but did not identify them. Broadcaster ntv issued a similar report, and the dpa news agency later said its “coalition sources” had said the same thing. But the government did not immediately comment publicly on the reports.

Berlin must approve the export of German-made military equipment to third countries. Mirror reported that other European countries, including some in Scandinavia, would also participate.

The news also coincides with the Wall Street Journal report that the US would consider sending similar Abrams tanks to Ukraine. One of the reasons Germany gave for its reluctance was that it did not want to be seen as “going it alone” within NATO.

A decision or some form of announcement on this was expected in some quarters at the meeting of NATO and other countries’ defense ministers last week at the US military air base in Ramstein, Germany, but it did not materialize.

More to follow…

msh/nm (UKTN, dpa, Reuters)

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