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Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister terms German indecision on Leopard 2 tanks as “disappointment”

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister terms German indecision on Leopard 2 tanks as “disappointment”

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister terms German indecision on Leopard 2 tanks as “disappointment”

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister terms German indecision on Leopard 2 tanks as “disappointment”

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  • Melnyk praised the United Kingdom for moving forward with a pledge of Challenger 2 tanks.
  • Melnyk expressed disappointment and hoped that the Berlin government will seriously consider all of the concerns.
  • Ukraine urgently needs these tanks to protect its valiant defenders.
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Andriy Melnyk, the deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, lashed out at Germany in an interview for being unsure whether to send its Leopard 2 tanks there.

Isa Soares on Friday, Melnyk praised the United Kingdom for moving forward with a pledge of Challenger 2 tanks, adding that he hoped the move might persuade other nations to follow suit.

Melnyk stated that the UK is the “first nation to deliver Challenger 2 main battle tanks and that might be a trigger, hopefully, for other countries but unfortunately not for Germany yet.” Melnyk went on to say that all Ukrainians are “hugely disappointed” by Germany’s inaction.

Despite mounting pressure from NATO and Kiev to increase its military assistance in advance of a potential Russian spring offensive, Germany has so far been unable to come to an agreement with its major Western allies on sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

“The government in Germany has not taken this important decision, not only to allow other countries like Poland, Finland, Spain, or Greece, which do have German battle tanks, to do the same, but also to strengthen and create this coalition, which we call the ‘Global Tanks Coalition,’ to help Ukrainian forces drive out the Russians and launch the counteroffensive that will allow us to liberate the occupied territories,” Melnyk said.

‘Disappointed’ Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister

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We are disappointed, but since no decision has yet been made, Melnyk continued, “We hope that the Berlin government will seriously consider all of the concerns they heard (on Friday) in Ramstein.”

Ukrainian diplomats are highlighting the urgency of the situation, despite Germany’s denials that it is taking its time.
Prior to Russia launching its anticipated spring offensive, Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday that “time is of the essence” in getting Western tanks into Ukraine.

We urgently require these tanks, Markarova said.

The tanks are “immediately required now to protect our valiant defenders. Therefore, we have the ability to move, fire, and actually go on the offensive again in order to counterattack and prevent any further attacks that Russia may plan to launch this spring, according to Markarova.

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