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The U.S. and Germany had resisted sending tanks for months. This marks the latest upgrade in heavy weapons for Ukraine and comes amid growing expectations the fighting will soon escalte.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Wednesday his country will export more than a dozen of its Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. The move follows weeks of pressure from western allies.
Western defense officials are meeting to coordinate military assistance to Ukraine. Germany has resisted their efforts to persuade the country to export its Leopard 2 tanks, or allow others to do so.