No decision yet on German tanks for Ukraine

Germany has not yet decided whether to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, or allow other countries to donate theirs, despite pressure on Berlin to act.

A meeting on Friday to co-or­dinate military donations for Kyiv agreed to supply more armoured vehicles and air defence systems.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier appealed for the West to send tanks to repel Russia’s armed forces.

Poland’s foreign minister criticised Germany’s reluctance to send tanks.

“Arming Ukraine in order to repel the Russian aggression is not some kind of decision-making exercise. Ukrainian blood is shed for real. This is the price of hesitation over Leop­ard deliveries. We need action, now,” Zbigniew Rau wrote on Twitter.

Despite Germany’s lack of decision on sending tanks, Western countries have committed billions in other weaponry.

Ukraine wants German-made Leopard 2s as they are easy to maintain and designed specifically to compete with the Russian T-90 tanks. —BBC

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