Poland pressed Germany to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine
28 January 2023 | 2:19 pm
Poland was prepared to send tanks to Ukraine even without Germany's blessing. Officials in Warsaw said they couldn't understand the hesitation by their counterparts in Berlin as fears grow that the war is coming closer.
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