Has the cavalry arrived?
Several European countries will send tanks of the "Leopard 2" model to Ukraine, as announced today (Thursday) by the Minister of Defense of Lithuania, Arvides Anushauseks, in a conversation with the "Reuters" news agency.
The Minister of Defense announced that the announcement of the transfer of the advanced equipment will come during the gathering of NATO countries in Germany tomorrow. "Some countries will send tanks of this model, that's for sure.
The number of armored vehicles that will be announced for their transfer will be in the hundreds," said Anushousaks.
German "Leopard 2" tanks in an exercise in Germany
The NATO summit will take place tomorrow at the US Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany, with the background clouding the ongoing dispute between Washington and Berlin regarding the nature of the continued military aid of the allied countries to Ukraine.
The dispute revolves around the involvement of main battle tanks for the Ukrainian army, which desperately needs heavy weapons produced Western to match the ammunition it receives from Western countries. Germany refuses to allow the transfer of dozens of tanks of the "Leopard 2" model, a German-made battle tank that is in the hands of five member states of the NATO alliance, including Poland, which has already given its consent in principle to transfer part of its tanks to Ukraine.
The Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Schulz, demanded on Tuesday that the United States supply Ukraine with tanks of the "Abrams" model produced by it before Germany approves the transfer of tanks made by it or transfers them itself.
However, the country of Tehbrit claims that the Abrams is too complex a tank to maintain and operate for the Ukrainian army and that it is too expensive, despite the presence of thousands of its units in unused storage.
Chancellor of Germany Olaf Schulz. Photo: Reuters
Military experts around the world criticized Germany's conduct.
Trent Talenko, an expert in military logistics, wrote: "Schulz's decision is a real disaster for the German military industry. No one in NATO is going to buy equipment from them after his latest behavior.
Schultz is risking Germany's neck to please a minority in his coalition.
Even worse, Shultz's positions strengthen the arguments of the supporters of separatism in American politics."
Meanwhile, in Russia, social networks were in an uproar after media outlets documented the placement of a Panzir-type defense system on the roof of the Ministry of Defense in the center of the capital, Moscow. The decision to increase the air defense of the capital seems Puzzling given that Ukraine lacks bombers or long-range missiles to enable an effective attack on the Russian capital and probably indicates a growing fear in the Kremlin of an as yet undiscovered Ukrainian capability.
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