Germany approves the shipment of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed the transfer of 14 units of these battle tanks to help combat the Russian invasion.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Wednesday, that Germany will send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to help in the fight against Russia.

"This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability. We are acting in a closely coordinated manner internationally," Schultz said.

In this way, Germany will look to overcome its misgivings about the shipment of heavy weapons, which Kiev considers crucial to defeat the Russian invasion, but which Moscow rejects as a provocation. Pressure has been on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government for weeks to send in the tanks and allow other NATO allies to do the same ahead of spring offensives planned by both sides.

Keeping in mind, Berlin previously resisted exporting the German-made tanks and indicated that it would only authorize a shipment if the United States committed to sending the M1 Abrams tanks. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday, that she has "nothing to share" but that the Defense Department "never ruled out" sending tanks.

The German Chancellor's statement indicated that training of Ukrainian troops in Germany will begin shortly, and that Germany will also provide logistics and ammunition to Ukraine.

In turn, Germany will issue corresponding transfer permits to partner countries wishing to quickly deliver the Leopard 2 tanks from their stocks to Ukraine. Countries such as Poland have been waiting for this decision which was welcomed by Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.

Other countries, such as Spain, announced Friday that they would supply units from their stockpiles of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.