Germany ‘sends company of tanks to Ukraine’ after pressure from Allies

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Germany has decided to send a convoy of its main battle tanks to Ukraine, reports show, after days of pressure from Berlin’s allies.

Ukraine and many of Germany’s NATO partners have called for a decision on whether Berlin would allow them to re-export German-made Leopard 2 tanks to help Kiev as the battlefield begins to thaw.

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After a summit at Ramstein Air Base failed to break the deadlock last week, Poland upped the ante on Tuesday by making a formal request to Germany to allow Warsaw to send tanks as NATO’s secretary general sat down for talks with the new German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.

Just hours later, The mirror reported that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had finally decided to allow allies like Poland to send tanks — and that Berlin would do the same.

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However, the German government has so far declined to comment, and a US official told the The Bharat Express News that Germany could hold off announcing its decision alongside Washington, where President Joe Biden is also reportedly poised to launch M1 Abrams tanks for Ukraine to approve.

Such a move would mark a major policy reversal for both nations – and a major victory for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he seeks to bolster his country’s defenses against Russia’s invading army.

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However, it could take months for tanks to reach Ukraine, even if an announcement is made this week, which officials say could be as early as Wednesday.

While the discussion currently focuses on at least one company of Leopard 2 tanks already in Bundeswehr stockpiles, more tanks could be restored to fit for service in the longer term. Mirror reported.

German soldiers stand by a Leopard tank at the Army Base Field Marshal Rommel Barracks in Augustdorf,

(TBEN Photo/Martin Meissner)

Washington officials suggested the details are still being worked out, with one saying Abrams tanks could be purchased under the forthcoming $850 million Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative package — which also includes a Patriot missile defense system.

Separately, Reuters quoted anonymous officials as confirming the earlier claims — but no official confirmation from the Bundestag or White House remained hours after the reports came out on Tuesday.

Scholz has been wary of any moves that could prompt Russia to escalate the war, or increase the risk of NATO being drawn into the conflict.

At last week’s summit, where officials from more than 50 countries failed to agree on the Leopard tanks, his new defense minister said: “We simply have a responsibility to our people in Germany and in Europe and we need to weigh all the pros and cons before we decide that sort of thing.”

It had been suggested that Berlin’s reluctance to approve Leopards might fade if Washington also agreed to send its Abrams tanks, considered less suitable for Ukraine due to high fuel consumption and difficulty to maintain.

Following his meeting with Mr Pistorius in Berlin on Tuesday, NATO’s Mr Stoltenberg said he is “convinced that we will soon have a solution” to the main battle tank issue. advanced systems to Ukraine, and we need to do it faster.”

Several threats emerged from Russia last week as Western officials considered sending more powerful weapons to Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted Western tanks would not change the course of the conflict, but warned NATO would regret its “delusion” that Ukraine could win on the battlefield and threatened that such supplies ” will create problems for… the Ukrainian people.”

Peskov warned of “a growing indirect and sometimes direct involvement of NATO countries” and claimed that the belief that Ukraine can win is a “dramatic delusion of the Western community that will more than once be cause for regret”.

In more direct threats from other close allies of President Vladimir Putin, his ex-prime minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that Moscow’s defeat in Ukraine “could trigger a nuclear war”, while State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin claimed that Western arms supplies “will lead to a global catastrophe”.

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