Germany does not currently have plans to deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, but it is preparing to send up to 40 infantry fighting Marder tanks, its defense ministry spokesman said Monday.
The German army, the Bundeswehr, is ready to start training Ukrainian soldiers, Arne Collatz told journalists.
All decisions were made with the view that NATO would not become party to the war in Ukraine, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit added.
On Sunday evening, German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck told public broadcaster ARD the German government was not ruling out a possible future delivery of the Leopard 2 tanks, but said as a first step the Marders would be delivered.
US support reaches $3 billion: Last week, US President Joe Biden affirmed that the United States would supply Ukraine with Bradley fighting vehicles as part of a new security assistance package to the country as it nears the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
The nearly $3 billion package is among the largest packages of military equipment sent from the Pentagon to Ukraine since the war began. It comes as Ukraine prepares for intensive fighting in the spring as the weather warms.