Poland sends 10 more Leopard tanks to Ukraine

9 March, 06:13 PM
Poland sends 10 more Leopard tanks to Ukraine (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Poland sends 10 more Leopard tanks to Ukraine (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Poland has delivered 10 more Leopard-2 tanks to Kyiv, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed at a briefing on March 9.

He said that Poland has done everything possible to equip a battalion of Leopard-2 tanks.

"This is how we’re support Ukraine within the international coalition," he said.

“In addition to the 14 Polish Leopard-2 tanks, this battalion also includes eight tanks from Canada and Norway, as well as six from Spain.”

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Blaszczak mentioned that after his conversation with Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles, Spain could provide Ukraine with four more Leopard-2 tanks.

The first four Leopard tanks from Poland arrived in Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Blaszczak announced on Feb. 15 that Ukraine’s allies had formed a battalion of Leopard 2A4 tanks for Ukraine.

Earlier, U.S. Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin indicated that several allies would contribute Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, including Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.

Ukraine expects to receive 120-140 Western tanks in the first wave, said Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukrainian forces require 300-500 tanks for an offensive to liberate more Ukrainian territory from Russian occupation.

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