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Why tanks? Vladimir Putin wanted a quick capture of Kyiv, but seems happy to settle for a long artillery war that can drag on for years. Ukraine’s allies argue that only tanks can hasten a victory. We ask why and watch the World War I-style trench warfare that flattens city after city in the Donbass.
“Free the leopards” is the cry. But Germany – maker of Europe’s most popular tank – wants to be sure it’s the right decision before turning its back on seven decades of non-aggression. France – maker of the Leclerc tank – is also weighing the benefits and costs of sending sophisticated machines that require constant upkeep and whether they mark the inflection point where NATO finds itself directly at war with Russia.
With Moscow and Kyiv each talking about plans for spring offensives, when is the time to decide and what happens next?
Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juilette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.