German tanks given to Ukraine not working – lawmaker

33 German tanks given to Ukraine not working – lawmaker

A scarcity of spare components has left Kiev’s Leopard 2A6 tanks caught in a restore store, Inexperienced Occasion politician Sebastian Schafer stated

Only a few of the Leopard 2A6 battle tanks given to Ukraine by Germany stay in service, Inexperienced Occasion lawmaker Sebastian Schafer has acknowledged. Many of those tanks are battle broken and spare components are reportedly in brief provide, he added.

Berlin introduced the supply of 18 Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine again in March, after months of pleading from Kiev. Hailed as a ‘game-changer’ by pro-Ukraine pundits, the 2A6 tanks are among the many most trendy in Germany’s arsenal, however most are at the moment sitting inert in a restore store in Lithuania, Schafer defined in a letter this week to arms firms Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), seen by Germany’s DPA information company.

“Sadly, it needs to be famous that solely a really small variety of the battle tanks delivered can now be utilized by Ukraine,” Schafer wrote, explaining that there’s “an pressing want for motion” to get spare components to the Lithuanian restore hub and get the tanks again in motion.

Aside from harm sustained in battle, lots of the tanks are out of operation attributable to put on and tear, whereas some have been additional broken by Ukrainian mechanics making an attempt repairs, he added.

Along with the 18 2A6 tanks, Germany and different operators of the Leopard platform have offered Ukraine with round 90 of the sooner 2A4 variants, and greater than 100 outdated Leopard 1A5 variants. Inside weeks of their arrival on the battlefield earlier this 12 months, Russian forces have been destroying these tanks with missiles and kamikaze drones, whereas a minimum of two Leopard 2s have been captured intact by Russian troops.

Again in November, Forbes reported that Kiev had misplaced “1 / 4 of its finest German-made tanks,” referring to its Leopard 2s.

The Leopards have been used extensively throughout Ukraine’s summer season counteroffensive, a failed operation aimed toward punching by way of Russian strains and seizing the town of Melitopol on the Azov Sea, thereby slicing Russia’s entry to Crimea. Because it transpired, Ukrainian forces solely managed to grab a handful of villages within the area of Zaporozhye, dropping practically 160,000 males and 16,000 items of heavy tools within the course of, in keeping with the newest figures from the Russian Protection Ministry.

Ukraine is at the moment going through not only a scarcity of German tanks, however a scarcity of personnel to function them, Die Welt reported final month. With Kiev struggling to mobilize troops to interchange nearly 400,000 misplaced since February 2022, coaching facilities in Germany for instructing Ukrainian troopers to function Leopard 2 tanks are at the moment working at half capability, the German outlet claimed.

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