There is no turning back now. Berlin has confirmed that it will send Leopard tanks to Ukraine and that it will also will train the troops Ukrainians in its use. It has also promised to send ammunition and maintenance for the tanks.
Specifically, Germany will now put 14 Leopard 2A6 “from the stocks of the federal Army” at the disposal of Ukraine. This will be a first step as he “rapidly” assembles and dispatches two battalions of Leopard 2 tanks.
The confirmation comes from the German government spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, through a statement. An announcement that in the end has come before the appearance that the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has scheduled this Wednesday to explain this controversial decision to his citizens. Finally, this appearance will take place at 7:25 p.m. on public television.
In addition, the Executive of Olaf Scholz will authorize other countries so that they can deliver theirs. This is the case of Poland, which this Tuesday announced its official request to Berlin, or of Spain, which is already finalizing the formula for join the European plan to send tanks to Ukraine.
As the ‘Leopard 2’ are German-made, their shipment by other countries must first be approved by Berlin, and hence the pressure on the reluctant German government to authorize it.
For its part, kyiv has been asking for months to send tanks to stop the advance of Russian troops. He claims it would take 400 of these to win the war. Russia has already threatened “unpredictable” consequences if the shipment of these tanks goes through.