US, Germany sending battle tanks to aid Ukraine war effort

A Leopard 2A6 tank from the Bundeswehr’s Panzer exercise battalion 93 fires at the Oberlausitz training area in Weisskeissel, Germany, in this 2009 file photo. The German government has confirmed it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 battle tanks and approve requests by other countries to do the same. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that Germany was “acting in close coordination” with its allies. (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP, file)
BERLIN — Germany and the United States announced Wednesday that they will send advanced battle tanks to Ukraine, offering what one expert called an “armored punching force” to help Kyiv break combat stalemates as the Russian invasion enters its 12th month.

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