BERLIN — Poland has made a formal request to Germany for consent to reexport its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, its defense minister said Tuesday, urging Berlin to join the “common cause” of European security.
Germany continues to come under pressure from Ukraine and NATO allies to either send its Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv or sign off on transfers by other European countries of the German-made weapons. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Germany’s new defense minister, Boris Pistorius, in Berlin on Tuesday and said he was confident there would be a solution “soon.” He urged allies to begin training Ukrainian forces on the German-made tanks to save time when a decision is made.
In Ukraine, several senior officials resigned or were removed Tuesday, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to make wide-ranging personnel changes amid a public outcry over corruption allegations involving government and law enforcement officials.
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Other countries have offered different tanks: The United States will send its Bradley Fighting Vehicles but not its M1 Abrams tanks, while Britain has promised 14 Challenger 2 models this month. But the Leopard 2’s speed and ease of use — as well as the fact that there are many of them already in Europe — have made them more attractive to Kyiv. Even older versions of the tank have modern optics, including thermal imaging, that allow them to operate day and night.
Isabelle Khurshudyan, Natalia Abbakumova, Vanessa Guinan-Bank and Amar Nadhir contributed to this report.