Poland will send 60 tanks to Ukraine, including the PT-91 Twardy, along with the previously announced 14 Leopard 2 tanks, Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said.
Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Morawiecki later clarified in an interview with the Canadian channel CTV News that we are talking about 60 vehicles, 30 of which are PT-91s.
Poland has already transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces PT-91 Twardy tanks of its own production – these are the main battle tanks of the country’s armed forces. The PT-91 is an upgraded version of the Soviet T-72 tank with a more powerful engine and fire guidance system.
Earlier, after several weeks of waiting, the Polish authorities received Germany’s consent to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. “We will not sit back and watch Ukraine bleed,” wrote pending permission, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted.
Polish Deputy Defense Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz assured that Warsaw could hand over Leopard tanks to Ukraine in a few weeks. Poland, after other countries decide on the transfer of tanks, will begin training Ukrainians.
In Europe, there are now about two thousand Leopard tanks of various modifications, the NYT reported. Berlin will supply Ukraine with 14 Leopard 2 tanks in the A6 modification from the stocks of the Bundeswehr. Canada has announced that it will donate four Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv as part of military assistance. The United States will transfer 31 M1 Abrams tanks, eight M88 armored recovery vehicles for tank maintenance and more than 500 armored vehicles to Ukraine.
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