German Minister of Defence brings first Leopard 2 to Ukraine, only kid sized for time being
Boris Pistorius, German Defense Minister, arrived on a visit to Kyiv and handed over a model of a Leopard 2 tank to his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov.
Source: Reznikov announced this on Twitter, writes European Pravda
Quote: "BREAKING: The 'first' Leopard 2 has arrived in Kyiv. There will be more of them. Thank you to the Chancellor of Germany, my colleague Boris Pistorius and the German people. The tank coalition is marching... to victory!", the press release says.
BREAKING: The «first» Leopard 2 has arrived in Kyiv 🐆
There will be more of them.✊
Thank you to @Bundeskanzler my colleague Boris Pistorius and the German people.
The tank coalition is marching... to victory! pic.twitter.com/4VY2YaovBi
— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) February 7, 2023
The German DPA agency confirmed the arrival of Pistorius, and the minister said that "Ukraine will receive more than 100 main battle tanks of the older Leopard 1A5 type from a group of several European countries."
On Tuesday, Germany's Federal Security Council approved the supply of 178 Leopard 1 tanks from the country's industrial stocks to Ukraine.
Leopard 1 is the first main battle tank built for the German Army after World War II. It was produced from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. The 14 Leopard 2 tanks promised earlier by Berlin are much more modern.
Earlier, the German media reported that German manufacturers have 29 largely refurbished models of Leopard 1.
On the change in Germany's stance, read more: Siege of Scholz: How German Public Opinion Influenced the Transfer of Tanks to Ukraine
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