In a major escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the United States and Germany announced plans to send tanks to Ukraine. The tanks, Leopard battle tanks, are intended to bolster Ukraine’s military capabilities in their fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.
The move has been met with strong condemnation from Russia, which has called it a “blatant provocation.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has responded to Russia’s criticisms, saying that the tanks are a necessary response to Russia’s continued aggression in the region.
The shipment of tanks has raised questions about what Ukraine will do with the additional firepower, and why they need it. According to military experts, the tanks will give Ukraine a much-needed advantage in the conflict, allowing them to better defend themselves against the separatists.
The tanks are also seen as a signal from the United States and Germany that they are committed to supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia. The move is likely to further strain relations between the two countries, and could lead to an even greater escalation of the conflict.