The tanks were transferred to Ukraine at its border last week, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel, while details of that delivery have not been disclosed by the German government for security reasons.
The Executive of Chancellor Olaf Scholz gave the green light at the end of January to the supply to Ukraine of the “Leopard2”made in Germany.
The authorization came after weeks of pressure on Berlin from both Kyiv and Ukraine’s Western allies, who also needed German permission to deliver the tanks available to their respective armies to that country.
Among the countries that joined the decision to support Ukraine by sending tanks of this model currently in its armed forces are Poland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, the Netherlands and Norway.
The United States, for its part, has agreed to supply tanks of the “Abrams” type, equivalent to the “Leopard2”.
Germany initially announced that it would deliver 14 units of these tanks, in its 2A6 version, but later added another four to achieve the goal of joining two “Leopard2” battalions – each with 31 tanks -.