First batch of Leopard 1 tanks to come to Ukraine in spring, Danish MoD says

12 March, 08:23 PM
Leopard 1 (Photo:Ministério da Defesa/Wikipedia)

Leopard 1 (Photo:Ministério da Defesa/Wikipedia)

The first batch of Leopard 1 tanks from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands will arrive in Ukraine throughout this spring, Danish Acting Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said on March 11.

Poulsen made the announcement after visiting the Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) company, which is preparing Leopard 1 tanks for transfer to Ukraine, the Danish Ministry of Defense wrote on its site.

Poulsen said he was there to check on the progress.

"I am proud that Denmark, in cooperation with other countries, supports Ukraine’s fight for freedom with a large and important donation, and we still hope to be able to deliver the first tanks to Ukraine in the spring," he said.

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The Danish MoD wrote that its collaboration with Germany and the Netherlands aims to donate at least 100 Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine.

"Denmark started the project to refurbish a large number of Leopard 1A5 tanks together with the Netherlands and Germany in early February," the message reads.

"The first sub-goal of the project is to be able to deliver tanks to two battalions – corresponding to about 80 tanks – as the first tanks should be ready in the spring and will be used to train Ukrainian forces.

”Ukraine will receive training on the use of the tanks, as well as spare parts and ammunition.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin named the countries working on the transfer of Leopard tanks to Kyiv at the Ramstein meeting on Feb. 14. Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Canada, Portugal, Spain, and Norway are on that list. Finland has also confirmed its participation in the tank coalition.

However, governments from several countries have changed their initial decision to transfer battle tanks and decided against supplying them to Ukraine.

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