Germany will send two battalions worth of its Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine and will allow other countries to ship their German-made tanks to Kyiv, following weeks of intense pressure on Berlin from some of its NATO allies.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the decision Wednesday during a meeting of his Cabinet.
Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said the decision was a result of “intensive consultations” between Germany’s European and international partners.
“This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability. We are acting in a closely-coordinated manner internationally,” Mr. Scholz said during the meeting, according to a government statement.
Germany said its goal is to quickly assemble two battalions of Leonard 2 tanks for Ukraine. As a first step, it will provide 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from its Bundeswehr stocks.
“Other European partners will also hand over Leopard-2 tanks,” Mr. Hebestreit said in a statement. “In addition to training, the package will also include logistics, ammunition, and system maintenance.”
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The training of Ukrainian tank crews is expected to begin “quickly” in Germany, officials in Berlin said.
The Biden administration has insisted there is no connection between Berlin sending Leonard 2 tanks to Ukraine and the U.S. following suit with its M1 Abrams tanks, but the White House is expected to soon announce the deal.