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As Ukraine advances, a reticent Germany faces more pressure to help.

The rapid advance of Ukrainian troops in the northeast has increased the pressure on Germany, Europe’s largest economy, to act more quickly with the supply of heavy weapons.

The outspoken mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, Vitali Klitschko, took the opportunity to remind Berlin that Western weapons were crucial to his country’s continued military success and urged German leaders to to speed up shipment of German battle tanks.

“In order to better protect and equip our soldiers, Ukraine now urgently needs more arms deliveries,” Klitschko said in comments to the German tabloid Bild. published on sundayreferring specifically to the German Leopard tanks.

“My request to the German government is: do what you can to quickly expel the Russian soldiers from our country,” he said.

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany surprised the world and his own country by announcing a 100 billion euro ($101 billion) plan to rearm Germany and send weapons to Ukraine, ending a decades-old taboo against supplying weapons abroad.

Six months later, many of the weapons that Germany promised to Kiev have yet to arrive. Mr Scholz has not fully explained the delays and has not given much publicity to the German weapons that have been delivered.

During a visit to Kiev on Saturday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock sounded noncommittal when her Ukrainian counterpart explicitly asked for Leopard tanks.

“As the situation on the ground changes, we will continue to look at our support and discuss further steps with our partners,” she said. “I know time is of the essence. The coming weeks and months will be crucial.”

But on Sunday, amid Ukraine’s stunning battlefield victories, there were signs that Germany’s effort to aid Ukraine could accelerate.

“In this new phase of the war, Ukraine needs weapons that will enable it to liberate Russian-occupied territory and keep it under permanent control,” said Michael Roth, a lawmaker from Mr Scholz’s Social Democratic Party. and the President of Foreign Affairs. committee in the German parliament. “This would not have been possible without the supply of modern western weapons – including from Germany.”