The Long-Awaited Arrival of German Leopard Tanks in the Ukrainian Conflict

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According to the German defense ministry, the first delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to leave Germany for delivery to Ukraine has already occurred.

After receiving training on how to operate the tanks, Ukrainian crews received delivery of eighteen trimming main battle tanks.

The Minister of Defense, Boris Pistorius, expressed his confidence that the tanks would be able to “make a game-changing impact” on the conflict on the front lines.

According to media stories originating in Ukraine, the United Kingdom’s Challenger 2 tanks have also made their way over.

For the past few months, Ukraine has been requesting that Russia provide it with more cutting-edge vehicles and weaponry so that it can better defend itself against Russia’s invasion.

The government of Ukraine has not yet issued a statement regarding the delivery of the Leopard 2 tanks; however, they have verified the delivery of the initial Challenger 2 tanks manufactured in the United Kingdom.

There are approximately 2,000 Leopard 2s,  European nations make use of what is widely acknowledged to be among the very best combat tanks that have been produced by nations that are members of NATO.

After first being hesitant to provide weapons like tanks to Ukraine or even to authorize other countries to provide their own, Germany eventually came around and agreed to do so in the month of January.

Every nation that wishes to re-export Leopard 2 tanks must first receive approval from Berlin, as required by German law.

Boris Pistorius, the German Minister of Defense, stated that the tanks have been delivered on time and as promised to our friends in Ukraine.

Over the past few weeks, members of the Ukrainian crews of the tank have been receiving instruction from the German army on how to operate the more advanced Leopard 2 A6 variant.

Designed to take on the T-90 main combat tank of Russia, these tanks are more energy and require less maintenance than their Western counterparts.

In addition to the Leopard 2s, the German government has also provided Ukraine with forty Marder infantry combat vehicles as well as two specialized tank-recovery units.

Iryna Zolotar, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian defense ministry, told the AFP news organization that Challenger 2 armor from the United Kingdom has already arrived in Ukraine.

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov referred to the British vehicle, the Challenger 2, as a “piece of military art” when he posted a picture of it on his Facebook page with other military vehicles built in the West made by Western manufacturers.

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense declined to address the issue, although earlier it had verified that Ukrainian tank crews who had been trained in Britain had completed their practicing with the tanks and gone home.

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