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Slow repair of given to Ukraine Leopard tanks criticized in Bundestag

Slow repair of given to Ukraine Leopard tanks criticized in Bundestag Photo: Defense Committee of Bundestag criticizes slow repair of Leopard 2 tanks transferred to Ukraine (Getty Images)

The repair of German Leopard 2 tanks, transferred to Ukrainian defenders and damaged on the front lines, is progressing slowly. Urgent assistance is needed to expedite the process, says the Chair of the Defense Committee of the Bundestag, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann.

"'As long as it takes' will remain just a phrase unless we continue to support Ukraine together with our European partners to a much greater extent," she emphasized.

According to Strack-Zimmermann, Ukraine needs more ammunition, more spare parts, and the long-range Taurus missiles "to be transferred immediately."

"And the European, widely announced F-16 coalition must pick up speed significantly if one wishes to counter the Russian air superiority. Putin is counting on us being afraid of our courage. And evidently, he is correct. This hesitancy is so bitter," she added.

Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine

Germany has transferred 18 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, some of which were damaged during operations on the front lines.

The repair of these tanks is ongoing, conducted by Ukraine's allies since the country lacks the necessary capabilities.

It is worth noting that Germany is not the only country providing Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Poland, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Denmark have also supplied or will supply such tanks.