Ukraine expects first tanks from partners ‘in the near future’ – Reznikov

22 February, 04:05 PM
Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Ukraine expects to receive the first tanks from its military allies in the near future, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in a Facebook post on Feb. 22.

“The free world created a ‘tank coalition’ to help Ukraine win this war,” the defense minister said in his message.

“In the near future, we expect the first tanks from our partners, with trained Ukrainian crews.”

Reznikov also said that in turn, destroyed Russian tanks were being sent by Ukraine to the European Union for exhibitions, and that on Feb. 24, citizens in four countries — Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia — will simultaneously be able to see that Russian tanks “can enter Europe through Ukraine only as museum exhibits.”

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In the summer of 2022, the first such exhibitions of destroyed Russian military equipment were hosted in Poland and the Czech Republic, the minister noted.

“This should also be a signal for the Russians,” Reznikov said.

“Europe will see their true face up close. (A face that) previously caused total fear, but now more and more causes disgust and contempt.”

Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that Ukraine would receive 120-140 modern Western tanks in the first wave.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Ukraine needs 300-500 tanks to conduct an offensive to liberate all Ukrainian territory from Russian occupation.

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