Ukraine, Kiev: “Germany’s indecision on Leopard is a disappointment”

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Melnyk praises United Kingdom for engagement with Challenger 2 tank

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnyk expressed frustration with Germany’s indecision about sending its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Speaking to CNN, he called Germany’s lack of action a “disappointment” after praising the UK for moving forward with the commitment of Challenger 2 tanks, adding that he hoped the move could prompt other countries to follow suit. the example.

The UK is “the first nation to deliver Challenger 2 tanks and this could be a trigger, hopefully, for other countries but unfortunately not yet for Germany,” said Melnyk, who went on to describe the inaction of the Germany as “a huge disappointment for all Ukrainians”.

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Germany has not untied the knot on the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but has announced a one billion euro military aid package for Kiev in the war against Russia.

“We will still have to fight for the supply of modern tanks, but every day we are making it clearer that there is no alternative,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Polish foreign minister for his part said that the German indecision on the supply of tanks is paid for in blood by the Ukrainians. “Arming Ukraine to repel Russian aggression is not a decision-making exercise. Ukrainian blood is really being shed. This is the price of hesitation over the supply of Leopards. Action is needed now,” Minister Zbigniew wrote on Twitter. Rau. Poland has already said it is willing to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but it cannot do so without the approval of Germany, which sold them to it.

While the United States, the main supporters of Ukraine, keep a low profile on the issue. “We work in close contact with Kiev and with the allies, these are decisions that each country must make for itself, we do not put pressure on anyone and nobody does them to us,” said White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby .