Poland will ask Germany for permission to send Leopard tanks

PARIS/LVIV, UKRAINE (Reuters) – Poland’s prime minister said on Monday that his government would ask Germany for permission to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, and that he planned to send them regardless of Germany’s response. Berlin.

Germany’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Berlin would not object to Poland’s move.

The issue of supplying German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine has dominated recent talks among Western allies. The question arises of the amount and type of material aid to be provided to Ukraine as the first anniversary of the Russian invasion approaches.

The development comes as both sides are expected to prepare offensives this spring to break the deadlock of a war of attrition in eastern and southern Ukraine.

The current fighting centers on the eastern town of Bakhmout, where Wagner’s Russian mercenaries and Ukrainian forces clashed. Russia said on Sunday its forces were improving their positions in the Zaporizhia region of southern Ukraine.

(Reporting Pawel Florkiewicz, Anna Wlodarczak, Tom Sims and Lidia Kelly, written by Angus MacSwan; French version Jean Rosset, edited by Kate Entringer)

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