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Spain to send tanks, missiles to Ukraine, El Pais reports 

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Spain is ready to send Leopard battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais

The move would mark an increase of Spanish military support of Kyiv. Spain will also provide training for the Ukrainian army on using the tanks, according to the report, which cites government sources.

The instruction would begin in Latvia, which already hosts 500 Spanish soldiers as part of a NATO operation, and a second phase could potentially take place in Spain, according to El Pais.

The Spanish government has not commented on the report,

The Leopold tanks were made in Germany and then sold to Spain, which means Berlin would need to approve re-export before they can be delivered to Ukraine.

The German Economy Ministry, which is in charge of granting export authorizations, had no comment, and referred questions to the chancellery, which had no immediate comment.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged to send more weapons and ammunition to Ukraine while visiting Kyiv back in April. 

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