Germany may transfer 19 Leopard 2A5 tanks to Ukraine
Germany has 212 serviceable Leopard 2 tanks of various modifications.
Germany is considering transferring to Ukraine 19 Leopard 2A5 tanks, which are used only for training purposes, the German newspaper Der Spiegel has said.
It was reported that the Bundeswehr has 312 Leopard 2 tanks. 99 of them were undergoing repairs and one was decommissioned last May.
In addition to these, there are 212 Leopard 2 models on the list, including various models of the 2A5, 2A6, 2A7 and the 2A7V, which is the most modern version. As of 22 May there were 53 Leopard 2A7V units in the troops.
According to the publication's sources, the list also contains information on which models are suitable for delivery to Ukraine.
It can be assumed that the Bundeswehr may transfer 19 Leopard 2A5 models. According to the list, they are currently used to simulate enemy forces in the army's combat training centre. The military says it can do without 2A5 models, as they are used only in exercises," Der Spiegel says.
By approving the supply of tanks to Ukraine, Berlin will formally give the green light to its European partners, which have long said they want and are ready to supply Leopards to Kiev.
The Leopard is a top tank produced by the German companies Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, which is far superior to Russian models. A sufficient number of this equipment is capable of changing the situation not only on the battlefield, but in war in general.
We shall remind you that the day before, the eighth Ukrainian defence meeting was held at the Ramstein airbase in Germany. Heads of defence ministries of about 50 countries, led by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, took part in the meeting. The allies discussed deliveries of equipment to Ukraine, including tanks.
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