German Army begun training Ukrainian soldiers on Leopard 2 tanks


The German army began on Monday training Ukrainian soldiers to use the Leopard 2 tanks.

A spokeswoman of the German Defense Ministry in Berlin said that training was mainly taking place at the School of Armored Forces in Münster, Lower Saxony.

The training is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of this year, so that it can also be synced with the delivery of tanks to Ukraine.

The German government had promised Ukraine to deliver 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks.

In addition, there are other training programs in Germany for Ukrainian soldiers on Marder infantry armored vehicles.

The training on German tanks comes at a time when military experts expect an escalation of fighting, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday in Brussels, that Russia is already deploying thousands of additional forces, accepting very high rates of losses, incurring large losses and putting pressure on Ukrainians.

“What Russia lacks in quality it tries to make up for in quantity,” Stoltenberg said.

“According to me this highlights the importance of timing… It’s very important that more weapons are supplied to Ukraine… We’re in a logistics race,” he added.

The British Ministry of Defense reiterated his assessment, and said in its daily intelligence assessment that Russia is strengthening and expanding its defensive positions in the occupied regions of Ukraine.

The British Ministry of Defense added that critical capabilities such as ammunition, fuel and spare parts must reach Ukraine before Russia can take the initiative on the battlefield, the speed will run out of lives.

The German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius expects that supplying Ukraine with battle tanks will significantly strengthen its defenses against Russian attackers, as he said last Wednesday during a visit to troops in the German city of Augsdorf.

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