Debunking false claims that Germany ‘already’ sent Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine
26 January 2023 | 11:43 am
False claims online and Russian propaganda have been sharing a video with alleged proof that Germany sent Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine long before this Wednesday's official announcement. These claims have been circulating online since the spring of 2022. In this edition of Truth or Fake, we disprove them.
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