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Russia warns of a ‘global catastrophe’ if Leopard 2 tanks are delivered to Ukraine | Ukraine and Russia war

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia’s Duma parliament, warned of a “global tragedy” if Ukraine’s allies handed over German Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv. Currently, there is a lot to do about the famous German tanks.

Yesterday/Friday, fifty of Ukraine’s allies gathered at the Ramstein Summit in Germany. They discussed the delivery of heavy weapons, but no decision was made on the German Leopard 2 tanks. Germany has not yet given the go-ahead for the delivery of these famous tanks to Ukraine, although Kyiv has been asking for this for a long time. Poland and Finland have already said they want to supply Leopard tanks, but since they are German-made, permission is required from Berlin first.

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turning point

The question of the high quality of German tanks is very sensitive. According to Caroline van Nuenen, foreign journalist for “VTM News”, tanks can deeply influence the course of war.

“We see it has now become trench warfare. The Russians have gone deep and there is very little movement on that front. The Leopard tanks can bring movement again. They are very fast and maneuverable tanks with guns at a range of up to four kilometres. It is considered one of the best tanks in the world.” “. Ukraine hopes this will mark a turning point in the war.

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Very important consideration

The Germans are under great pressure to hand over their Leopard tanks, but are preaching caution and unanimity for fear of a Russian escalation. “We don’t hesitate, we simply weigh the pros and cons,” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said on Friday. “We have a responsibility to think about the consequences for all parties.”

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Germany, one of the countries providing the most support to Ukraine, is now preparing for a possible transfer of tanks. Germany also wouldn’t stand in the way if other countries that already had Leopards started training with Ukrainian soldiers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. Archive the photo. © via Reuters

‘a global tragedy’

The speaker of Russia’s State Duma is now warning of a “global tragedy” if Ukraine’s allies deliver German Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv. “The delivery of offensive weapons to the Kyiv regime will lead to a global catastrophe,” Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel on Sunday. He said Russia would use “stronger weapons” if the United States and NATO countries provided Kyiv with weapons that could be used to reconquer territory.

Volodin also indicated that Russia would consider attacks on the four annexed territories—Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia, and Kherson—as attacks on Russian territory.

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“the responsibility”

Volodin said members of the German parliament and parliaments in other countries should realize their “responsibility to humanity”. Such decisions would lead to a “terrible war” with very different battles than before.

“Given the technological superiority of Russian weapons, politicians abroad who make such decisions should understand that this may end in a world-class tragedy that will devastate their country,” Volodin said.

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