Ukraine announced that Poland will send 60 PT-91 main battle tanks, in addition to 14 Leopard tanks

The PT-91 tank of the Polish army (INTS KALNINS/)

The head of the office of the Presidency of Ukraine, Andriy Yermakhas affirmed this Friday that Poland will send to kyiv 60 main battle tanks PT-91 that will be added to the fourteen leopard already promised by warsawwithin the framework of international support to the Ukrainian authorities in the face of the Russian invasion.

“Poland will send 60 PT-91 Twardy tanks to Ukraine, along with the previously announced fourteen Leopard 2s. Thanks to our allies. Let’s crush the enemy,” Yermak said in a message on Telegram.

Own yermak has indicated in his account on the social network Twitter that “today the world honors the memory of the Holocaust victims”. “His tragedy of his should have served as a warning to prevent new crimes against humanity, but today, in the center of Europe, a genocide of Ukrainians takes place. We will never forgive or forget anything”, he stressed.

Poland’s Deputy Defense Minister Wojciech Skurkiewiczestimated Thursday that “within a few weeks” they will be ready to send fourteen tanks Leopard 2after the approval of Germany that puts an end to weeks of speculation about the delivery of this type of armored vehicles coveted by Ukraine.

The head of the office of the Presidency of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
The head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak (VALENTYN OGIRENKO /)

For his part, Germany plans to deliver the Leopard 2 tanks promised to Ukraine “At the end of March, beginning of April,” the German Defense Minister declared on Thursday. Boris Pistorius.

“We are scheduled to have the (tank) company at the end of March beginning of April” in Ukraine, the minister said during a visit to the troops of the german armed forces in Saxony-Anhalt (East).

The formation of ukrainian soldiers in handling light armored vehicles Marders it will start “at the end of January” in Germany and training on the Leopard will follow “a little later”, he added.

Berlin finally agreed to hand over the powerful German-built Leopard tanks on Wednesday after weeks of intense pressure from kyiv and many of their European allies.

Germany will provide 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from its supplies of the Bundeswehrsaid the chancellor Olaf Schölz to the German parliament.

It is also giving approval for other European countries to send German-made tanks from their own stocks to Ukraine, with the goal of quickly assembling “two tank battalions with Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine,” Scholz said.

The Leopard 2 is considered one of the best performing tank models worldwide and is widely used throughout Europe meaning spare parts and ammunition are readily available.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech in front of a Leopard 2 tank
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech in front of a Leopard 2 tank (FABIAN BIMMER/)

USA he also said later that he would send 31 Abrams tanksone of the most powerful and sophisticated weapons of the us army.

Although Western countries have already shipped to Ukraine everything from artillery until Patriot missile defense systemstanks were long considered a step too far, with the risk of an increasing backlash from Russia.

On Thursday, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskovwarned that Russia viewed tank deliveries as a “direct participation in the conflict.

Moscow notice what the Atlantic Alliance and Western countries as a direct participation in the conflict in Ukraine”, said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, at the daily telephone press conference.

(With information from Europa Press)

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