Germany to provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks as military assistance

Germany has announced that it will supply its highly capable Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

The German government said on Wednesday that it will send its first batch of 14 and also train Ukrainian soldiers in Germany.

It also said it will allow countries that possess Leopard 2 tanks to provide them to Ukraine.

At a meeting on Friday to discuss military assistance to Ukraine, the German government had not clearly stated whether it would provide the tanks.

Such tanks have been touted as among the world's best and are owned by a number of European countries.