Germany to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, Der Spiegel newspaper says

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to deliver Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources, according to which Berlin also gave permission for allied countries to transfer these heavy combat tanks to Kyiv.

This decision concerns at least a squadron of Leopard 2 A6 – that is to say a dozen tanks -, specifies Der Spiegel. It comes a few days after a meeting between NATO allies which failed to reach an agreement on the issue.

Germany was facing increased pressure from several European countries, such as Poland, to allow them to supply Kyiv with Leopard tanks and also to send its vehicles to help Ukraine deal with the offensive of Russia.

(Written by Riham Alkousaa, French version Matthieu Protard and Jean Terzian, edited by Tangi Salaün)

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