A protest took place near the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, calling for the transfer of German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine, Ukrainian activist Vladyslava Vorobyova told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Jan. 20.
Photos from the event were published by Reuters.
Defense ministers of Ukraine’s international partners gathered at the U.S. Air Force Ramstein base in Germany on Jan. 20, discussing the ongoing and future efforts to equip Kyiv’s troops with modern weapons. Despite pressure from its allies, Berlin declined to greenlight transfers of German-made Leopard-2 main battle tanks to Ukraine.
According to Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, participants at the meeting agreed that countries that have Leopard tanks can start training courses for Ukrainian tank crews.
Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that a number of countries (Poland, Finland, Spain, Portugal, and others) were ready to supply Ukraine with Leopard-2 tanks and were only waiting for Germany's permission. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki didn’t rule out the transfer of tanks to Kyiv even without Germany's consent.
According to the UK International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Ukraine would need around 100 modern tanks for a major offensive.