Germany to Grant Permission for Deployment of Heavy Tanks to Ukraine – Two Sources

Germany to approve sending heavy battle tanks to Ukraine -two sources

Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries such as Poland to do the same to help Kyiv fight off Russia’s invasion, while the United States may supply Abrams tanks, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Ukrainian servicemen near the frontline are seen with optimism, as the news of the tanks is seen as a potential gamechanger on the battlefield.

Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration, wrote on Telegram: “A few hundred tanks for our tank crews – the best tank crews in the world. This is what is going to become a real punching fist of democracy against the autocracy from the bog.”

The German decision concerns at least one company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks, said Der Spiegel magazine. One company usually comprises 14 tanks. Christian Duerr, parliamentary leader of the co-governing Free Democrats (FDP), was quoted as saying by t-online news portal: “Today the Chancellor made a decision that no one took lightly. The fact that Germany will support Ukraine with the Leopard tank is a strong sign of solidarity.”

Poland upped the pressure on Scholz to make a decision, saying it had formally sent a request to the German government to allow it to send some of its Leopards. The U.S. may drop its opposition to sending some of its M1 Abrams tanks.

Separately on Tuesday, Ukraine dismissed more than a dozen senior officials including governors of several major battlefield provinces, part of an anti-corruption drive by Zelenskiy’s government. Zelenskiy aide Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted: “The president sees and hears society. And he directly responds to a key public demand – justice for all.”

The European Union welcomed the development: “As a general rule we do not comment on ongoing criminal investigations but we do welcome the fact that the Ukraine authorities are taking these issues seriously,” an EU spokeswoman said.