WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden called leaders of major European allies including Britain, France, Germany and Italy on Monday to discuss helping Ukraine fight Russian aggression, a White House official said.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni spoke on the phone to discuss "our close coordination of support for Ukraine".

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Germany announced earlier today that it would provide the German-made Leopard 2 combat vehicle to Ukraine, and approved the allies to transfer the tanks to Ukraine, which was praised by the allies.

According to reports, U.S. officials revealed that Washington will announce the start of the process to provide Ukrainian U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks as soon as the 25th.