Ukraine live briefing: Germany tank decision coming ‘soon,’ defense minister says

Germany will decide “soon” on whether to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, or approve the export of German-made equipment by other countries, its defense minister Boris

Pistorius said, as pressure mounts on Europe’s largest economy. The German government has to sign off on any transfers of the tanks, around 2,000 of which are scattered across

Europe. Kyiv has implored Western allies to send battle tanks to help boost its fighting capacity and retake territory Russia has captured in Ukraine’s south and east.

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister tweeted that the country has been asking Germany for Leopard anks since early March. “Maybe it’s time to speed up this process?” Andrij Melnyk

said. Britain recently became the first country to promise Western-produced main battle tanks to Ukraine. Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the

globe.