Denmark, the Netherlands to transfer 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine
Leopard 2 tank (Photo:EUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
Denmark and the Netherlands will jointly buy 14 Leopard 2 tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the delivery date aimed at early 2024, Denmark's DR reported on April 20.
The announcement follows a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council by Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Danish Minister for Economic Affairs, acting Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen.
Rasmussen said that Ukraine needs all the support "we are capable of providing it with." He called the promise of tanks in collaboration with the Netherlands a "major contribution.”
"It is no secret that there was a desire to consider the possibility of transferring Leopard 2 tanks, which are even larger than Leopard 1. Now this is possible, we are happy and proud of this,” Poulsen said.
Denmark has already announced the transfer of 100 Leopard 1 battle tanks to Ukraine. Delivery will start from this summer, with at least 80 tanks planned to arrive by the end of 2023, said Poulsen.
Nine countries plan to donate over 150 Leopard tanks to Ukraine as part of a ‘tank coalition’, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on March 15, with some allies having already fulfilled the obligations.
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