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Ukraine war: Germany sends much-awaited Leopard tanks

Ukraine war: Germany sends much-awaited Leopard tanks

The initial shipment of Leopard 2 tanks from Germany has actually been sent to Ukraine, the German protection ministry claims.

Eighteen sophisticated primary fight containers were provided after Ukrainian crews were educated to use them.

Defence Preacher Boris Pistorius stated he made certain the containers might “make a crucial contribution” on the frontlines of the battle.

Challenger 2 tanks from the UK have actually additionally gotten here, according to reports from Ukraine.

Ukraine has been calling for more contemporary vehicles and also weapon systems for months to help deal with Russia’s intrusion.

The Ukrainian government is yet to comment on the arrival of the Leopard twos, yet they have actually confirmed the arrival of the initial UK-made Opposition 2 containers.

Around 2,000 Leopard twos, widely considered being amongst the best primary fight containers created by Nato nations, are in use by European nations.

Germany accepted supply the storage tanks to Ukraine in January, after being at first reluctant to do so – or perhaps to allow other countries from sending their very own.

Under German law, Berlin has to approve Leopard 2s being re-exported by any nation.

Graphic showing characteristics of the German-made Leopard 2 tank. The Leopard 2 is heavier and better armoured than Russian or Soviet-made tanks and uses Nato-standard ammunition.
German Protection Preacher Boris Pistorius claimed the containers “have made it into the hands of our Ukrainian pals as promised as well as promptly”.

The German military has trained Ukrainian container staffs to make use of the sophisticated A6 variation of the Leopard 2 over the previous a number of weeks.

They have actually been especially made to take on the Russian T-90 main fight tank and also is considered to be less complicated to maintain and a lot more fuel-efficient than the majority of various other Western containers.

On top of the Leopard 2s, Germany has likewise sent Ukraine 2 specialist tank-recovery cars and also 40 Marder infantry dealing with automobiles.

At the same time, Challenger 2 containers from the UK “are in Ukraine currently”, protection ministry spokeswoman Iryna Zolotar told AFP information company.

Posting a picture of an Opposition 2 alongside other Western-made armed forces lorries on his Facebook page, Support Minister Oleksii Reznikov defined the British automobile as a work of army art.

The UK Ministry of Protection declined to comment yet earlier validated Ukrainian tank staffs training in Britain had actually returned home after completing their training with the storage tanks.

Graphic showing characteristics of the British-made Challenger 2 tank. The Challenger 2 is heavier and better armoured than Russian or Soviet-made tanks.

Last Updated: 28 March 2023

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