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Ukrainian soldiers should be trained to operate Leopard tanks just in case, Chair of Bundestag’s Defense Committee suggests

German tank Leopard 2 A5. Illustrative image, source: Flickr/Bundeswehr-Fotos
It’s not decided yet whether Ukraine would receive the German Leopard 2 tanks, but German MP Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the chair of the German parliament’s defense committee, believes that it makes sense to start training Ukrainian soldiers to operate the Leopards now, Spiegel reports.

Recently, Germany promised to supply the Marder armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. None was supplied yet as the Ukrainian crews should be trained on the Marders first.

Meanwhile, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann believes that it makes sense to “train other Ukrainian soldiers on the Leopard 2 at the same time,” she told Spiegel: “When this battle tank is needed, we won’t lose any unnecessary time.”

Strack-Zimmermann has been campaigning for months together with the Green Party politician Anton Hofreiter for the delivery of these battle tanks to Ukraine.

Previously, Spain, Finland, and now Poland have considered the supplies of the German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Germany’s permission is required to start the supplies.

Poland to give Ukraine a company of Leopard 2 tanks as “part of an international coalition” – PAP

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