Germany Agrees to Supply Tanks to Ukraine

The German-manufactured Leopard tank

According to media reports quoting government sources, Germany has yielded to enormous international and internal pressure and is about to announce that it will supply tanks to Ukraine, which Kyiv believes it needs to beat back Russian soldiers.

It is rumored that it intends to send a company of Leopard 2A6 battle tanks, which typically consists of 14 vehicles, together with other allies, notably Scandinavian nations that hold the units. It is also believed that Berlin may grant export licenses to nations such as Finland, Sweden, and Poland, which have purchased tanks from Germany, allowing them to be shipped to Ukraine.

The decision is anticipated to be made official on Wednesday, and German chancellor Olaf Scholz will be questioned in the Bundestag in the morning, with the tank decision likely dominating the discussion.

The head of the presidential administration of Volodymyr Zelenskiy quickly praised the German reports. Andriy Yermak posted on Telegram, “This is what is going to become a real punching fist of democracy against the autocracy from the bog,”

The Leopard 2A6 is one of the most recent versions of the tank, which was originally designed for the West German army in 1979.

The move will represent the first time German tanks have been used on the battlefield in Europe since the conclusion of World War II, making the decision a landmark one for Germany, after months of agonizing discussion and soul-searching.

Those suggesting that Germany has a moral obligation to send tanks to safeguard victims of Russian aggression have cited Germany’s historical role as the originator of that world struggle.