Poland transfers first four Leopard tanks to Ukraine, says visiting Polish PM

24 February, 05:38 PM
Ukraine received the first four Leopard tanks from Poland (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

Ukraine received the first four Leopard tanks from Poland (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

Poland has transferred the first four German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, and the rest will follow, the Ukrinform news agency quoted Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as saying on Feb. 24.

“Today, as the first European country, I want to symbolically hand over to you, Volodymyr, the first four Polish Leopard 2 A4 tanks,” Morawiecki said during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.

“These are tanks that, without a doubt, will perfectly complement the formation on the battlefield, and will account for themselves well.”

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According to Morawiecki, Warsaw is persuading its partners from the European Union and NATO to take the same step.

In turn, Zelenskyy said that Polish tanks would strengthen Ukraine’s defense.

He reiterated that Poland had been one of the initiators of the tank coalition for Ukraine.

According to the Bloomberg news agency, Poland intends to transfer 14 Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine.

Earlier, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced that the first Leopard 2 tanks had already arrived in Ukraine.

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