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Germany to Boost Ukraine Firepower With Leopard Battle Tanks

  • Berlin will also give allies permission to send their Leopards
  • US expected to announce it will send its M1 Abrams equivalent
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WATCH: Germany agreed to provide 14 Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. Ros Mathieson reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Germany pledged to supply Ukraine with more than 100 Leopard 2 battle tanks in a joint effort with allies, providing Kyiv’s forces with a significant upgrade in firepower and earning effusive praise from President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

In a first step, Germany will make a company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks available from stocks held by its armed forces, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government said Wednesday in an emailed statement. Defense Minister Boris Pistorius told reporters in Berlin that the first German tanks could arrive in Ukraine within three months, possibly too late to counter a Russian offensive that defense officials have warned could come as soon as next month.