FILE PHOTO: Germany delivers its first Leopard tanks to Slovakia, in Bratislava

FILE PHOTO: Members of the military walk on a tank, as Germany delivers its first Leopard tanks to Slovakia as part of a deal after Slovakia donated fighting vehicles to Ukraine, in Bratislava, Slovakia, December 19, 2022.  

BERLIN/KYIV  - Germany cleared the way on Wednesday for Europe to send scores of battle tanks to Ukraine, and Washington was poised make a similar announcement -- moves hailed by Kyiv as a potential turning point in the war, and condemned by Moscow as escalation.

Kyiv has been calling for months for Western main battle tanks that would give its forces greater firepower, protection and mobility to break through Russian defensive lines and potentially reclaim occupied territory.

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Germany delivers its first Leopard tanks to Slovakia, in Bratislava

FILE PHOTO: Germany delivers its first Leopard tanks to Slovakia as part of a deal after Slovakia donated fighting vehicles to Ukraine, in Bratislava, Slovakia, December 19, 2022.