Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikovhas announced this Friday that the ukrainian army will receive training for the management of Leopard tanksalthough until now the shipment of this type of armored vehicles to Ukraine has not been authorized.
“We have a breakthrough: it is an opportunity for countries that own Leopard tanks to start training missions, courses for our tank crews. We will start with this and then we will move on,” said the head of Defense in an interview with Voice of America.
Reznikov has detailed that, despite the fact that the Contact Group for Ukrainemeeting at the German military base in Ramstein, has shown his negative to approve the shipment of Leopard main battle tanks to kyiv, it has allowed the training of Ukrainian soldiers with these types of tanks.
“I look at it with optimism. Because the first step has been taken: we will start training programs on Leopard 2″, Reznikov pointed out, reporting that the training agreements have been possible thanks to the initiatives of Poland and UK.
In this regard, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine has expressed the hope that Germany“in a quiet mode of conducting their own internal consultations”, I came to a favorable decision on the transfer of German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Previously, the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyhas ensured that “no alternative” to the supply of Leopard tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the framework of the war against Russia.
In his usual evening speech, Zelensky has reacted to the refusal of the Contact Group for Ukraine to approve the shipment of Leopard main battle tanks to kyiv.
“We will still have to fight for the supply of modern tanks, but every day we make it more evident that there is no other alternative than to make the decision on the tanks”, Zelensky concluded, according to the Ukrainian Presidency in a statement.
The Government of Germany has refused this Friday to unblock the supply of Leopard model battle tanks to Ukraine alleging that there is no unanimous opinion on their deployment, although it has not been closed to taking the step in the future, diplomatic sources have confirmed to Europe Press.
The supply of tanks has focused international attention in recent days, since Berlin has in its power to authorize the re-export of the tanks to Ukraine, as requested by Poland and the Baltic countries.
Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania They have asked this Saturday on their social networks the German Government to “immediately” send Leopard tanks to Ukraine to assist the Ukrainian Army against the Russian invasion in the face of the misgivings exhibited by Berlin.
“We, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, ask Germany to immediately send Leopard tanks to Ukraine,” they have stated in their respective accounts. Urmas Reinsalu, Edgars Rinkevics and Gabrielius Landsbergis.
The decision, they argue, “is needed to stop Russian aggressionhelp Ukraine and quickly restore peace in Europe.”
Foreign ministers describe Germany as “the main European power” and they point out that, as such, “it has a special responsibility in this regard.”
After the meeting of the 40 allied countries of the Contact Group for Ukraine at the German military base in Ramstein, the German government has not yet unblocked the supply of battle tanks in Ukraine.
The United States and Ukraine have asked to go one step further to deploy the Leopard tanks that the Ukrainians are demanding.
(With information from Europa Press)
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