A Look at Leopard 2 Tanks That Could Soon Be Sent to Ukraine
GENEVA (AP) Following intense pressure from its allies, Germany appears to be inching toward approving deliveries of high-tech Leopard 2 main battle tanks that Ukraine and its biggest Western backers hope will boost Kyivs fight against Russian invaders.
Over the weekend German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin would not get in the way if Poland arguably Ukraine's most vocal supporter among European Union neighbors wants to ship Leopard 2 tanks from its arsenal across the border into Ukraine. And Germany is now not ruling out supplying such tanks to Ukraine itself, cautioning however that the implications of such a step need to be carefully weighed.
Here's a look at what those tanks might mean for Ukraine's defense against Russian forces and hopes for driving them out.
WHAT IS THE LEOPARD 2?
Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the manufacturer of the Leopard 2, touts it as the world's leading battle tank" that for over nearly a half-century has combined aspects of firepower, protection, speed and maneuverability, making it adaptable to many types of combat situations.
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