(CNN) Jan Gagin, advisor to the president of the so-called Ukrainian People’s Republic of Donetsk, said on Tuesday that German-made Leopard 2 tanks were spotted near the city of Bakhmut.
“There were allegations that Leopard tanks appeared near Artymovsk (the Russian name for Bakhmut),” Jan Gagin told Russia 1’s official broadcaster, Tuesday.
Gagin played down the importance of having these tanks near the front line, saying they were like other armored targets.
“There is no need to bring this up,” he explained. “Given the muddy weather now, it will make it difficult for heavy vehicles like the Leopard to move, as they are like other armored targets,” he said.
CNN could not independently verify Gagin’s claims, but European officials have previously said that the first donated Leopard 2 tanks have begun arriving in Ukraine.
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