Germany has now received Poland’s official request to re-export Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, the Polish defence minister has said.

“The Germans have already received our request for permission to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine,” Mariusz Blaszczak said in a post on Twitter.

Ukraine wants the German-made Leopard 2, one of the most widely used Western tanks, to help it break through Russian lines and recapture territory this year.

Battle tanks designed by NATO allies – such as those produced by Germany – would provide Kyiv’s forces with better protection, and more accurate firepower

Berlin has said it is willing to act quickly if there is a consensus among its Western allies over sending battle tanks to Ukraine.