What is special in Germany’s Leopard-2 tank? Why Europe is not united on sending Ukraine, why Russia is shocked – russia ukraine war updates germany leopard 2 tank specifications significance tstr

What is special in Germany's Leopard-2 tank? Why Europe is not united on sending Ukraine, why Russia is shocked - russia ukraine war updates germany leopard 2 tank specifications significance tstr
Aditya Chaudhary

Germany has made it clear that if European countries want to give Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, then it will not hinder it. Germany’s Foreign Minister Anna Berbock said that if Poland gives Leopard-2 tank to Ukraine, we will not become an obstacle in its way.

Ukraine wants to get Leopard-2 tanks, so that it can counter the Russian army and re-occupy its territories. Made in Germany Leopard-2 tank is the most used tank.

However, if any other country wants to give Leopard-2 tank to Ukraine, then it will have to take Germany’s approval for this. Germany says that if it wants to send tanks, it can send them, but it is also at risk of direct confrontation with Russia.

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that he is waiting for approval from Germany to send tanks to Ukraine. He also said that if the approval is not given, he will send another tank to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Josep Borrell, Chief of Foreign Policy of the European Union, said that Germany will not stop the export of tanks.

The Leopard-2 tank made in Germany is used in more than 20 countries worldwide, out of which more than a dozen are NATO members. Now there is pressure on Germany to allow Poland and other countries to send Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine.

Why is the Leopard-2 tank so special?

The Leopard-2 tank is made by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann of Germany. The company claims that it is one of the most dangerous battle tanks in the world. It is also claimed that the capacity of this tank remains intact for about fifty years.

The weight of this tank is 55 tonnes. Four soldiers can sit in it. The range of this tank is up to 450 kilometers. This tank can run at a speed of 70 kilometers per hour.

Its four variants have arrived so far. Its first variant came into service in 1979. 120 mm smooth bore gun is fitted. It has a digital fire control system.

This tank is 11 meters long and 4 meters wide. The special thing about this tank is that even if there is return fire from the enemy, the soldiers sitting inside it remain safe.

But why does Ukraine want it?

On February 24 last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine. Putin called it a ‘military operation’. Russia and Ukraine have been fighting for 11 months and till now the war has not reached any conclusion.

In these 11 months, the Russian army has carried out rapid bombings and attacks on Ukraine. The Russian army has occupied many areas of Ukraine. Ukraine wants to snatch these areas from Russia. That’s why he needs weapons.

Ukraine has asked Western countries for more than 300 tanks, 500 infantry fighting vehicles and more than 700 new artillery systems. He hopes that if he gets weapons from western countries, then he can free his land from the clutches of Russian army.

Ukraine has so far received weapons and tanks from many western countries including America and Britain. However, the Ukrainian army still has mostly Soviet-era T64, T72 and T90 tanks. Russia also has the same tanks.

According to the news agency, two-thirds of the tanks used in the war against Ukraine have either been destroyed or have been captured by the Ukrainian army. However, now Russia’s new-fangled T90M tank has become a challenge.

Russia’s threat – Ukraine will pay the price

Russia has threatened to send Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of the Kremlin of Russia’s presidential palace, has threatened that the people of Ukraine will have to bear the cost.

According to the report of CNN, Peskov said threateningly that the nervousness of the alliance of Western countries is increasing. And if they send arms to Ukraine directly or indirectly, then whatever happens will be their responsibility.