Report: Germany to send Leopard Tanks to Ukraine, and allow others to export

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, and allow other countries to do the same, reports in Germany say. Leopard 2s are made in Germany and Berlin needs to approve their export. Germany has been hesitant to send its own — or allow other nations to send theirs — over concerns it could escalate the conflict with Russia. Now, after international pressure, Mr Scholz has decided to send at least 14 Leopard 2s, German outlets say. A company is usually 14 tanks — the same number of Leopards Poland wants to send, and the same number of Challenger 2 tanks the UK has already committed to Ukraine. The news was broken by Der Spiegel in Germany, citing government sources, before being seemingly confirmed elsewhere. There has been no official statement from the German government yet.” (01/24/23)