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For Ukraine, what's so special about Germany's Leopard 2 tanks?

By Adam Taylor

24 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

These days, references to the German-made Leopard 2 tank seem to be everywhere in the media. The Washington Post asks: Why is the Ukrainian army so keen to get its hands on them?

As the war in Ukraine nears its one-year mark, Kyiv is pushing Western allies to provide modern battle tanks for its fight with Russian forces. And there's one particular model the Ukrainians want - the German-made Leopard 2.

Other countries have offered different tanks, such as Britain, which promised 14 Challenger 2 models earlier this month. But the Leopard 2's speed and ease of use - as well as the fact that there are a large number of them already in Europe - have made them more attractive to Kyiv.

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