Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal has called on Germany to provide Ukraine with its Leopard-2 main battle tanks, and for the United States to send Abrams tanks, German newspaper Deutsche Welle reported on Sep. 2.
Shmyhal is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Sep. 4, where the officials are expected to discuss how Ukraine’s security assistance needs are shifting towards heavy offensive weapons.
“We expect the United States to supply us with Abrams tanks, and Germany (to provide) Leopard-2 (main battle tanks or MTBs),” said Shmyhal.
“These are the kind of modern tanks Ukraine needs on the battlefield.”
After months of delays, the German government ultimately provided Ukraine with a variety of heavy military equipment, including Panzerhaubitze-2000 self-propelled howitzers, Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, and MARS II rocket artillery.
Germany and its NATO so far have remained reluctant to give Ukraine MBTs or armored personnel carriers.
Ukrainian and foreign military experts say that both of these types of military hardware are crucial if Kyiv is to conduct a major counter-offensive to liberate Ukrainian territories that Russia has occupied.