Germany refuses to commit to sending tanks to Ukraine despite pressure from allies

Germany has again refused to commit to sending tanks to Ukraine, despite mounting international pressure. Ukraine has long pleaded to receive tank units from the allied West to

counter the ongoing Russian invasion. A defense summit on Friday failed to agree German tank supplies to Ukraine. Germany has again refused to commit to allowing German-made

tanks to be sent to Ukraine despite intense pressure. German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Tuesday there has been no change in Berlin's position on whether to allow

German-made Leopard 2 tanks to be sent to Ukraine, or on permitting other countries with German-made tanks to send their units to Kyiv. He added that the government still needed

to assess the situation. "I can tell you there is no new information here, the situation has not changed, and we are preparing our decision, which will come very soon," he

said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. "We are looking into the matter, what the current status is regarding our Leopard tanks," he

said in translated comments. He noted that Berlin was looking not only at its inventory and industry stocks, but also at the compatibility of its tanks for combat in Ukraine, as

well as issues around the logistics of supply and maintenance. Aware that Berlin's reluctance over tanks has attracted widespread criticism, Pistorius insisted that Germany

was one of Ukraine's top military supporters aside from the U.S. and U.K., and that this was "often forgotten in the public discussion."