U.S. welcomes German pledge of 50 tanks to Ukraine

STORY: In a notable shift, Germany, where the government had come under pressure after refusing Ukrainian pleas for heavy weapons, announced it would now send "Gepard" light tanks with anti-aircraft guns.

"I think it's significant that Germany announced that it is going to provide 50 Cheetah systems," U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said after talks with dozens of his counterparts at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, calling the Gepard anti-aircraft guns by their English name.

"I think those systems will provide real capability for Ukraine. And in terms of what else Germany will do going forward, again, that's a sovereign decision, one the German leadership will make, and I don't want to speculate on that," he added.

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