Despite his call for more, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed on Wednesday, in a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, his sincere gratitude for the via free given by Berlin to grant his country Leopard tanks.
In a tweet, Zelensky said his country was sincerely grateful to the chancellor and all his friends in Germany.
He also explained that he spoke to Schultz on the phone.
He added that the conversation touched on the process of training Ukrainian forces and expanding defense support and training tasks, emphasizing that these are very important decisions.
Heavy weapons in Kiev
This came after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appeared on Wednesday in a speech before Parliament in which he announced that his country would supply heavy weapons to Kiev.
Schultz made clear that his country would negotiate with partners to provide military support to Ukraine.
He also added that the Russian military operation is the cause of today’s problems, considering that Russia is trying to change the reality in Ukraine by force.
He said Berlin would send Leopard tanks, Patriot systems and the necessary defense systems, stressing that the goal was to help Ukraine defend itself.
Moscow prepares to enter the battles
The German chancellor revealed that his country will train Ukrainian forces to command and maintain tanks, explaining that Berlin will supply 6 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Long controversies and Russian threat
Interestingly, a weeks-long political debate concluded today between the Western allies with Germany’s agreement to arm Ukraine with advanced Leopard tanks.
When the German response arrived, the Kremlin threatened to destroy the heavy tanks on the battlefield on Ukrainian soil.
This was officially announced by the German government
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that from a technological point of view the plan is a failure, stressing that there is an exaggeration in the estimate of the capabilities that will be added to the Ukrainian military.
He believed this type of tank would burn like the others, he said.
Furthermore, the Ukrainian presidency welcomed Berlin’s agreement to deliver 14 Leopard tanks, which it considered a “first step”, calling on Western countries to supply it with more weapons to push back the Russian army.
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