Denmark and Netherlands to transfer Leopard-1 tanks to Ukraine
On February 7, Boris Pistorius visited Kyiv (Photo:Press Service of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS)
The Netherlands, along with Denmark, plans to transfer more than 100 Leopard-1A5 tanks to Ukraine as a part of a joint initiative, the Minister of Defense of the Netherlands, Kajsa Ollongren, wrote on Twitter on Feb. 7.
“Together with Germany and Denmark, the Netherlands are providing Ukraine with at least 100 refurbished Leopard-1A5 tanks from industrial stocks,” she wrote.
“We remain determined to support Ukraine in their fight against the Russian aggression.”
Danish news outlet DR Nyheder reported that decommissioned Danish Leopard-1A5 tanks will be prepared and sent to Ukraine “within a few months.”
The article said that the tanks are no longer part in active service in Denmark, as they were sold in 2010 to German military vehicle manufacturer FFG, though the tanks are still stored in Denmark.
The Leopard-1A5 tanks are armed with a cannon that is less powerful than the modern Leopard-2 and are also not as well-armored.
Following a meeting with Danish PM Mette Frederiksen in Odesa, President Zelenskyy announced that Copenhagen was ready to join an international coalition to supply tanks to Kyiv.
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