Germany, the US and other allies want to support Ukraine in the war against the Russian attackers with more than 100 Western-style main battle tanks. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised the Kiev government 14 Leopard 2 tanks from Bundeswehr stockpiles on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced delivery of 31 M1 Abrams. According to Scholz, Russian President Vladimir Putin miscalculated in his expectation that the West would not support Ukraine for long.
Nevertheless, Scholz expects a fairly long war in Ukraine. One must assume that “unfortunately the war will not end soon,” Scholz said on ZDF on Wednesday evening. “Russia must fail in its goal of subjugating Ukraine,” he added, again accusing Putin of launching an utterly unnecessary and ruthless war for his imperial goals and land grabbing.
“It’s up to Putin to end this war”
Ukraine will be helped to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is up to Putin to end this war by withdrawing Russian troops.
Leopard 2 A4 (Germany)
M1 Abrams (US)
“Battle tanks are very effective”
Scholz defended the longer consideration in the issue of tank deliveries. Without naming names, he accused the supporters of a quick decision of an irresponsible attitude. It is essential that Germany coordinate closely with key partners. The main battle tanks now delivered are very effective and would be “very useful” in defense against Russia.
‘Germany not a party in the war by supplying tanks’
The chancellor also contradicted the impression that Germany had isolated itself internationally with its actions. “There is no loss of confidence either,” he stressed. Everyone knows that Germany is a great contributor to Ukraine. Many allies in Europe and the G7 understand this very well. He also emphasized that Germany had not become a party to the war in Ukraine with the tank supply.
However, Scholz also drew red lines for further military support to Ukraine: he ruled out the delivery of fighter jets or the deployment of ground troops. He promised in the Bundestag that he would continue to ensure that Germany and NATO did not get involved in the war. “Trust me, trust the federal government,” he said.