It was reported that Germany and the United States would send tanks to Ukraine to help the country fight off the Russian invasion.
While there was no official confirmation from Berlin or Washington, Ukrainian Officials celebrated with what they said was a potential game-changer.
“A few hundred tanks for our tank crews – the best tank crews in the world. That’s what gets real
Punch the fist of democracy against tyranny out of the quagmire,” Andriy Yermak, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration, wrote on Telegram.
It is said that US President Joe Biden’s administration is ready to agree to send M1 Abrams tanks, while Germany is said to be preparing to send Leopard 2 tanks.
Der Spiegel said that Germany’s decision concerned at least one company of Leopard 2 tanks. One company usually consists of 14 tanks.
Berlin is also expected to announce that it will accept Poland’s request to transfer German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that the Poles and other Western allies he did not identify were already training Ukrainian soldiers as Tigers in Poland.
Kyiv has been pleading for months with Western countries to send tanks to give its forces the firepower and mobility it hopes will be able to break through Russian defensive lines and retake Russian-occupied territories.
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Germany’s cautious move could lead Moscow to escalate further
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party was holding back on the move, fearing it would cause Moscow to further escalate.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the deployment of Western tanks would lead to “unequivocally negative” consequences.
Used by armies across Europe, German-made Cheetahs are widely considered the best choice because they are available in large numbers and are easy to deploy and maintain.
Meanwhile, the American M1 Abrams are a less suitable option due to their high fuel consumption and difficulty in maintaining them, but the move to supply the tanks seems designed to make it easier for Germany, which called for a united front among Ukraine’s allies, to allow the Panthers to be supplied.
Officials reportedly said the tanks were likely to be purchased through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) fund, in a process that could take months or even years for the tanks to be delivered.
UK to 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 The United Kingdom was considering supplying British tanks to Ukraine.