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Report by “Der Spiegel”: Germany plans to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

(CNN) — German Chancellor Olaf Schultz decided to deliver combat tanks to Ukraine after “months of controversy,” according to Der Spiegel newspaper, on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

The report added that sending tanks to Ukraine would be part of a larger effort by the allies.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is finalizing plans to send U.S.-made Abrams tanks to Ukraine, and could make an announcement as soon as this week, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the deliberations.

The announcement of the tanks could be part of an attempt to break the diplomatic impasse with Germany, which signaled to the United States last week that it would not send its Leopard tanks to Ukraine unless the United States also agreed to send M1 Abrams tanks.

CNN reached out to the German government for comment on Tuesday evening but did not receive a response.

Meanwhile, the German parliament is still set to debate the contentious issue of possibly sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine on Wednesday morning.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Defense told CNN that the German army has 320 Leopard 2 tanks but did not disclose the number of tanks that would be combat-ready.

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