Germany would give the green light to send tanks to Ukraine | War in Ukraine
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz faces increased pressure from several European leaders to allow delivery to Ukraine of Leopard-2 tanks.
As several countries pressure Germany to export tanks to Ukraine, German media reported on Thursday that Chancellor Olaf Scholz's administration would allow the ;export of about a hundred of these vehicles.
Germany could thus send Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine which were initially intended for the Czech Republic and the Slovakia, according to Handelsblatt newspaper, citing industry sources.
Ukraine is urging its Western allies, including Canada, to send it tanks to help it defend against Russia. Germany, where these tanks are built, does not allow countries that have purchased this equipment from Germany to export them in turn to a third country.
“Against thousands of Russian tanks […], the courage of our army and the motivation of the Ukrainian people are not enough.
—Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
In this regard, Ukraine again called on the Westerners on Thursday to significantly increase their deliveries of weapons, especially heavy tanks, and to stop cowering in front of [Vladimir] Putin.
We appeal to all partner states that have already provided or plan to provide military assistance, urging them to significantly increase their contribution, underlined in a joint statement the Ukrainian Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Oleksiï Reznikov and Dmytro Kouleba.
In particular, they pointed the finger at 12 countries, such as Germany and Turkey, urging them to deliver the German-made Leopard-2 tanks that kyiv says it badly needs, but whose dispatch is uncertain because German dithering.
European Council President Charles Michel traveled to Kyiv to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky on January 19, 2023.
This call was supported, at the; occasion of a visit to kyiv, by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, for which tanks must be delivered to the Ukrainians, because the next few weeks could be decisive on the front.
The UK has already pledged 14 Challenger 2 heavy tanks to Kyiv and Poland says it is ready to send it 14 Leopard-2 tanks, a total that falls far short of the hundreds of such vehicles that Ukraine says it needs for future future offensives.
Leopard-2s are among the modern, Western-designed heavy tanks that experts say are instrumental in the ongoing – and future – battles in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Western tanks are not, however, a miracle solution against Russia, the Commander of Allied Forces Europe (SACEUR), US General Christopher Cavoli, warned Thursday that a balance between all [weapons] systems ] is required.
US General Christopher Cavoli is Commander of Allied Forces Europe.
On Thursday, the UK therefore also pledged to supply Ukraine with 600 additional Brimstone missiles. For its part, Denmark has pledged its 19 French-made Caesar guns while Sweden is ready to donate Archer self-propelled guns.
These systems all have a range of several tens of kilometers, but less than the one claimed by the Ukrainians, by more than 100 km, in order to be able to hit the Russian supply chain, in particular the ammunition depots.
However, the West rightly fears, despite Ukrainian assurances, that kyiv could provoke an escalation by using these weapons to strike deep into Russian territory and the air and naval bases of Crimea, a peninsula annexed in 2014 by Russia.< /p> Start of widget. Skip the widget? End of the widget. Back to top of widget?
The Kremlin issued a clear warning on Thursday that the delivery of longer-range weapons would mean that the conflict would reach a new level and that does not promise anything good for European security.
< p class="e-p">Nevertheless, according to the New York Times, the US government, which has committed approximately $24 billion to the war effort so far, begins to think about the possibility of giving Ukraine the means to attack Crimea, as it is a key rear base for the Russian war effort. /p>
President Zelensky, for his part, reiterated his desire to take back all of the occupied Ukrainian territories, including the peninsula.
The fights are particularly t intense near Bakhmout, in the Donetsk region, partly occupied by pro-Russian forces.
With information from Reuters