Deutsche Welle
November 5, 2022

Ukraine updates: ‘We need these tanks,’ Kyiv tells Berlin

Oleksii Makeiev, the new Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin, said Kyiv is counting on the delivery of battle tanks from Germany to help it repel Russian forces.

Ukraine is currently in talks with the German government about acquiring modern, Western-made tanks, such as the Leopard 2.

“We have reason to hope that the decision will be made to deliver the Leopard 2 from Germany directly to Ukraine,” Makeiev told newspapers from the Funke media group on Saturday. “We need these tanks.”


Germany has “shown leadership” with the delivery of the IRIS-T air defense system, the diplomat said. “And we expect this leadership role in other weapon systems. These include main battle tanks and armored vehicles.”


Since Russia’s invasion in February, Germany has sent Ukraine 30 decommissioned Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, 10 Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers and three Mars multiple rocket launchers. Berlin has also taken part in circular exchanges with third states to provide weapons indirectly to Ukraine….