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    After US Offer, Germany Unleashes Leopard Tanks for Ukraine

    After US Offer, Germany Unleashes Leopard Tanks for Ukraine

    — After weeks of hesitation that created impatience among 's allies, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Wednesday that his government would provide with Leopard 2 battle tanks and approve requests by other countries to do the same.

    The German government said it would initially provide Ukraine with one company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks, or 14 vehicles. The goal is for Germany and its allies to provide Ukraine with 88 of the German-made Leopards, which comprise two battalions.

    “This is the result of intensive consultations, once again, with our allies and international partners,” Scholz said in an address to German lawmakers.

    “It was right and it is important that we didn't let ourselves be driven (into making the decision),” he added.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed satisfaction at the news. Several European countries have equipped their armies with Leopard 2 tanks, and Germany's announcement means they can give some of their stocks to Ukraine.

    “German main battle tanks, further broadening of defense support and training missions, green light for partners to supply similar weapons. Just heard about these important and timely decisions in a call with Olaf Scholz,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter. “Sincerely grateful to the chancellor and all our friends in (Germany).”

    The long-awaited decision came after U.S. officials revealed Tuesday a preliminary agreement for the…

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