Germany sends heavy weapons to Ukraine under Allied pressure

BERLIN-The German government has decided to break a long-standing taboo on allowing the export of heavy weapons to Ukraine, giving in to increasing domestic and international pressure on Berlin to help strengthen Kyiv’s defense against Russia’s aggression.

Air defense cannon tanks known as the Flakpanzer Cheetah or Cheetah, which have been decommissioned by the German armed forces, will now be renovated and sent to Ukraine, says Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Tuesday.

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