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Germany, Denmark, Netherlands Pledge Ukraine Leopard 1 Tanks

Germany, Denmark, Netherlands Pledge Ukraine Leopard 1 Tanks

Tuesday, 7 February, 2023 - 17:15
06 February 2023, Austria, Wels: Soldiers drive the main battle tank "Leopard 2A4" during a military drill at the Hessen Barracks in Wels. (dpa)

Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands say they plan to provide Ukraine with at least 100 refurbished Leopard 1 battle tanks.

The announcement Tuesday comes after Germany agreed last month to allow deliveries of the more modern Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

In a joint statement, the defense ministers of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands said the shipment of older Leopard 1 tanks was part of an effort “to support Ukraine in their endeavor to withstand Russian aggression.”

“(It) will significantly enhance Ukraine’s military potential for the restoration of their violated territorial integrity,” they said, adding that the delivery would occur “within the coming months” and include logistical support and training.

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