Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

(Bloomberg) — Poland will ship a primary batch of Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, a symbolic gesture to mark one yr since Russia’s invasion as western allies rush to arm the embattled nation’s forces amid intensified Kremlin-ordered assaults.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will announce the supply of the primary of its 14 German-made fight automobiles that his nation has pledged throughout a go to to Kyiv Friday, based on an official who requested to not be named.

The arrival of the older-model Leopards follows an intense lobbying marketing campaign from Warsaw. It culminated final month in Germany’s settlement to ship state-of-the-art Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv, unlocking comparable pledges from the US and different European allies to ship armor inventories.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated in Kyiv Thursday that his authorities is contemplating rising the variety of Leopard tanks it’s going to ship to Ukraine to 10 from six. Poland has been assembling a coalition of nations to ship the older A4 model of the Leopard 2, whereas Germany is working with allies to produce the fashionable A6 model.

German Protection Minister Boris Pistorius indicated earlier this month that western allies are struggling to place collectively two full battalions of the tanks to ship to Ukraine as promised.

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