Berlin (EFE).- The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, announced this Wednesday the decision to make tanks of the type “Leopard 2” available to Ukraine, according to a spokesman for the Executive in Berlin.
“This decision follows our known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability. We act internationally in a very coordinated manner,” added the chancellor, according to the spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit.
The goal is to “quickly dispatch two battalions with Leopard 2 tanks.”
In addition, in a first step, Germany will make available 14 ‘Leopard 2A6’ that come from the stocks of the federal Army, “as added in the government statement.
Other European partners will transport their tanks of the type “Leopard 2” for their part.
The training of Ukrainian soldiers will begin quickly in Germany.
Along with training, the tactical aid package will include logistics, ammunition and system maintenance, the note added.
The spokesman also specified that Germany will issue the corresponding transfer permits to partner countries that wish to quickly deliver Leopard 2 tanks from their stocks to Ukraine.
A plan “doomed to failure” according to the Kremlin
For the Kremlin, sending German and possibly American tanks to Ukraine is an “overestimated” plan that is going to fail.
“It is a plan destined to fail,” said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, in his daily press conference, in which he added that the supplies of heavy battle tanks are “overestimated” and will not give the Forces Ukrainian navies the advantage desired by the West.
According to Peskov, “many specialists are aware of the absurdity” of the plan to deliver German Leopard 2 main battle tanks and eventually American Abrams to Ukraine.
The Kremlin spokesman reiterated that Western tanks will “burn” in Ukraine, as have other weapons supplied to the country.
Peskov also referred to the cost of the Abrams tanks that, according to US media, the US is considering delivering to kyiv.
“First of all, European taxpayers will pay for it and Americans, as always, will keep at least their own,” he opined.