Germany’s government has answered repeated calls by Kyiv and approved the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, as well as their re-export from partner countries amid media reports that the United States will also greenlight the delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

The move represents an important U-turn in the Western allies’ stance that Kyiv hopes will alter the balance on the battlefield as Russia piles massive pressure on Ukrainian defenders in Donbas, where Ukraine on January 25 confirmed that it had completely withdrawn from the strategic town of Soledar.

statement issued by German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said Berlin’s goal was to quickly establish two battalions with Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine, adding that it would, in the first stage, provide 14 tanks from its military stocks.

“The first tank step has been taken,” said Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, adding he hopes this will be the start of a “tank coalition” to address Kyiv’s needs.

The training of Ukrainian troops in Germany will begin soon, and Germany will also provide logistics and ammunition, the statement said.

“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,” the statement quoted Scholz as saying.

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