Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukraine confirms it has withdrawn from Soledar; Germany to send 14 tanks

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Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, says “we had to break a rule” and change what used to be a practice by supporting Ukraine with weapons deliveries, in addition to financial and humanitarian support.

In Germany, we had to break and rule and now we supply the most weapons, together with Great Britain. If we sum up what we’ve decided to deliver so far, then we can say that Germany will always be pioneering support for Ukraine.

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is addressing parliament now after the announcement that Berlin will make 14 Leopard tanks available for Ukraine’s war effort, and give partner countries permission to re-export further battle tanks to Kyiv.

Scholz begins his address by saying that he has spoken with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and he says they spoke about “what Germany is doing and what Germany will do”.

Ukraine’s military spokesperson, Serhiy Cherevatyi, has said Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the eastern town of Soledar in the Donetsk region, according to the country’s state broadcaster Suspilne.

The Defense Forces of Ukraine left Soledar, Donetsk region, in order to preserve the lives of personnel. Serhii Cherevaty, the spokesman of the Eastern Group of Forces, told @suspilne_news.

The Leopard 2 is a German-manufactured main battle tank with a range of about 500km (311 miles). It first came into service in 1979 and has a top speed of 68km/h (42mph). Equipped with a 120mm smooth bore gun as its main armament, it is also armed with two coaxial light machine guns.

As well as being used by the German military, Leopard 2 has been in wide service in Europe, with more than a dozen countries using the tank, as well as a number of other countries including Canada. The tanks have been deployed in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Syria (by Turkey) where several were lost to anti-tank missiles.

Ukraine has said it has an urgent need for heavier armour in its war against Russia’s invasion. Kyiv has limited availability of tanks, most of them from the Soviet or post-Soviet era.

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