The Ukrainian edition “Strana.ua” calculated how many German Leopard 2 tanks, according to existing media publications, Western countries can supply.
According to the publication, the Netherlands promises to supply Kyiv with 18 tanks, Germany and Poland – 14 each, Norway – up to eight, Portugal – six.
At the same time, Spain expressed its readiness to transfer 53 Leopard 2 tanks, but, as the publication indicates, currently 33 of them need to be repaired.
As a result, Ukraine may receive up to 113 Leopard 2 tanks.
Strana.ua also recalled the UK’s promise to supply Kyiv with 14 Challenger tanks. The United States, in turn, announced its readiness to transfer 30-50 Abrams tanks, but their deliveries may be delayed for a year, the publication noted.
Earlier in the day, the German government confirmed the decision to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Berlin will send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv from the stocks of the Bundeswehr. The German government statement noted that other European countries – Germany’s partners – will also transfer German tanks from their warehouses to Ukraine.
Dmitry Belik, a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, said that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has no will, but does what he is told “from across the ocean.”
The day before, on January 24, ABC TV channel reported that 12 countries agreed to transfer German Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv. In addition to countries such as Poland and Finland, which have already publicly announced their readiness to provide Ukraine with a number of their Leopard 2 tanks, the source also said that Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark are also ready to supply some of their tanks for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
On January 25, military expert Igor Nikulin, in an interview with Izvestia, said that the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine would not radically affect the course of the Russian special operation. He noted that the Russian military will have no problems with them.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in turn, noted that the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv does not bode well for relations between Russia and Germany.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Ukraine against the backdrop of Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass, which began on February 24, 2022. The decision to hold it was made against the backdrop of the aggravated situation in the region due to increased shelling by Ukrainian troops.
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