Poland to ask Germany’s approval to deliver tanks to Ukraine

Mateusz Morawiecki
Mateusz Morawiecki

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says Poland will ask Berlin for approval to send Leopard tanks produced in Germany to Ukraine, but it will still act independently.

The German-made Leopard 2 tanks have been requested by Ukraine for several weeks in an effort to support its efforts to combat Russian soldiers.

However, despite strong pressure from Western countries, Germany is reluctant to allow the supply of tanks, expressing worries about what the delivery would signify for the conflict’s future.

Ukraine needs several hundred tanks from its Western allies to retake Russian-occupied territory, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff said.

“We need tanks – not 10-20, but several hundred,” the official, Andriy Yermak, wrote on Telegram.

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“Our goal is [restoring] the borders of 1991 and punishing the enemy, who will pay for their crimes.”

Corruption in Ukraine

After Ukrainian police detained the deputy minister of infrastructure on suspicion of receiving $400,000 to enable the import of generators into Ukraine, Zelenskyy vowed to fight corruption.

On Telegram, the president wrote: “Today, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dismissed a deputy minister who was exposed by NABU [the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine].”

“I want this to be our signal to all those whose actions or behaviour violate the principle of justice,” the president said. “Of course, now, the main focus is on defence, foreign policy and war. But this does not mean that I do not see or hear what is being said in society at different levels.”

Additionally, Zelenskyy said this week will see the announcement of anti-corruption measures.