If the German government accepts, a dozen nations have committed to provide Ukraine with roughly 100 Leopard 2 main battle tanks.
Twelve nations have promised to provide Ukraine with roughly 100 Leopard 2 tanks, according to an unnamed senior Ukrainian official, if the German government agrees.
The key agreement, so the source claims, was reached during a summit conducted at the US Ramstein airbase in Germany when allies came together to consider military assistance for Ukraine.
The source claimed that in addition to nations like Poland and Finland who have officially declared their readiness to provide Ukraine with some Leopard 2 tanks, Spain, the Netherlands, and Denmark are also prepared to do so.
The ammo supply for Soviet-era tanks is “running out,” the source claims, making the German-made Leopard 2 tank crucial for Ukraine. For these Soviet-era tanks, Ukraine was unable to develop fresh ammo, thus Kyiv was compelled to find a substitute.
By promising to send 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine in early January, Britain made a symbolic statement.
The British government is making this manoeuvre in an effort to persuade Berlin to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, and the source said that after the relevant decision was made by British Defense Secretary Wallace, things started to happen.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) allied armies are equipped with the German-made Leopard 2 main battle tank, which defence experts believe to be one of the best tank in the entire world. most ideal for Ukraine, but they require Berlin’s approval to re-export to Ukraine.
Poland in particular has pressed Berlin frequently in recent months to permit Poland and other nations to deliver the German-built Leopard 2 main battle tank to Ukraine.
On January 23, the deputy foreign minister of Poland, Arkadiusz Mularczyk, warned Germany that it risked “international isolation” if it refused to provide Ukraine with tanks.
Mr. Mularczyk stressed that many lawmakers in Germany and other European Union (EU) members support sending heavy tanks to Kiev, and that if Germany maintains its contradictory stance, the country’s international standing will deteriorate to a “very weak” state.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reportedly told French TV channel LCI on January 23 that Poland has not formally requested Berlin to supply Ukraine with Leopard tanks built in Germany, but “if asked, we (Germany) will not get in the way.”
Russia, on the other hand, has consistently cautioned that Western arming Ukraine will only serve to prolong the crisis and raise the possibility of direct military conflict between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). A justifiable target of a Russian attack may be any transfer of foreign weaponry into Ukraine.