Portugal has announced plans to send M113 armored personnel carriers (APC) to Ukraine and participate in international programs to train Ukrainian soldiers, Portuguese Defense Ministry said on Jan. 20, as reported by CNN.
During the most recent Ramstein meeting, Lisbon proposed to help conduct exercises for the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Leopard-2 tanks and to “determine, in coordination with its partners, ways to support Ukraine in this matter.”
Defense ministers of Ukraine’s international partners gathered at the U.S. Air Force Ramstein base in Germany on Jan. 20, discussing the ongoing and future efforts to equip Kyiv’s troops with modern weapons.
Despite the allies stopping short of announcing a major influx of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, Portugal announced its readiness to send 14 M113 APCs, eight industrial electric generators, 20mm ammunition, and medical equipment.
The ministry also announced it would take part in EU’s military support mission that provides training to Ukrainian troops in Germany. Portuguese instructors will start training Ukrainian troops in explosive ordnance disposal, combat medical aid, nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological protection, starting in February.
Germany remains reluctant to greenlight its allies shipping Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine, despite growing international pressure. UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) estimates that Ukraine needs about 100 modern tanks for a major offensive.