Slovakia will hand over 30 BVP-1 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, and in return will receive tanks from Germany, Slovak news website Aktuality reported on Aug 23.
Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nagy said Berlin will send Slovakia 15 Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, plus the required ammunition and spare parts for them, Aktuality reported.
The total value of the equipment transferred by Germany is more than EUR 100 million. Earlier, Business Insider reported that Slovakia would supply Kyiv with 30 T-72 tanks, but Nagy said this was not true.
“At the moment, we are not considering sending T-72 tanks to Ukraine,” he said.
Nagy didn’t specify exactly when Ukraine would receive the BVP-1s, saying only that they will arrive in the next few weeks. For security reasons, the defense department will report on the supply of military vehicles only after they arrive in Ukraine, he said.
“By the end of the year, we will receive at least one vehicle,” Nagy said of the supply of the German Leopard 2A4 tanks. The rest of the German tanks are expected to be delivered next year, he said.
The Ukrainian military received the first four Zuzana howitzers from Bratislava on Aug. 13. Slovakia is also expected to hand over its MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine in September.
The German Defense Ministry has refused to increase arms supplies to Ukraine for fear of weakening NATO's defense capability. At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised that Berlin would continue to supply weapons to Kyiv.
Military experts have noted that Ukraine lacks APCs, which would be required if Ukraine were to make a large scale advance in a counter-offensive against Russian invasion forces.