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Germany promises a quick decision on the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Germany promises a quick decision on the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

Germany promises a quick decision on the delivery of Leopard tanks to Ukraine

GermanyUnder strong external pressure, he said on Tuesday that he would quickly decide whether to authorize his allies to hand over the German tanks. Leopard 2 that Ukraine claims to bolster its response to the Russian invasion.

The German Minister of Defence, Boris Pistoriussaid to have “expressly encouraged partner countries that have Leopard tanks ready for deployment to train Ukrainian forces with those tanks”.

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That statement, made in Berlin together with the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenbergshows a more flexible position of the government of Olaf Schölzunder strong pressure from the other members of the Transatlantic Military Alliance.

Finland Y Poland They have already indicated that they are willing to send their Leopards to Ukraine, which has been resisting the invasion of the Russian armed forces for exactly eleven months.

The Polish government wants to create a “coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks″ and has officially sent a request to this effect to Berlin.

We will process the request with the urgency required in accordance with the procedure provided”, stated a spokesman for the German government.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckisaid he expected a quick response, “because the Germans are delaying, delaying, they act in a way that is difficult to understand”.

Poland warned on Monday that it was even prepared to dispense with German authorization to send 14 Leopard 2s to kyiv.

But according to two German media outlets, the Scholz government would even be ready to announce that it would send the coveted armored vehicles directly to Ukraine. Leopard 2A6.

The Social Democratic president plans to address the lower house of parliament (Bundestag) on ​​Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. local time.

MORE INFORMATION: Why is Poland pressuring Germany to hand over its Leopard tanks?

“Clear message”

The NATO chief welcomed the “clear message” from the new German Defense Minister, who has been in office for less than a week.

Experts believe that those tanks could have an impact “significant” in the war, and especially in eastern Ukraine, to stop a Russian offensive.

The spokesman of the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskovwarned instead on Friday that the shipment of German tanks “nothing will change” on the ground and that “will create new problems for Ukraine”.

According to analysts, Germany’s hesitations are explained by its fear of a military escalation with Russia and its reluctance for its country to assume leadership in the Western camp.

The issue sparks tensions within the coalition government, between Scholz’s Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the Liberals.

purge against corruption

In Ukraine, where Western military and financial support is crucial, authorities have announced the resignation and dismissal of five governors and four deputy ministers in the biggest corruption scandal since the start of the Russian invasion.

The country has suffered from endemic corruption for years and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyhad promised to end it, but the issue was overshadowed by the war.

In a speech on Monday, Zelensky announced upcoming “personnel decisions” at various levels and stated that it prohibited civil servants from traveling abroad for reasons unrelated to their work.

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According to European Unionanti-corruption measures are one of the key reforms Ukraine needs to gain EU candidate status.

dead in Russia

For the first time in 11 months of conflict, the Russian authorities offered on Tuesday a balance of victims of a region of their territory.

The Ukrainian bombardments on the Belgorod border region left 25 dead and 96 injured since the start of the Russian offensive, said the regional governor of this area, Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Source: Elcomercio

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