German-made Leopard 2A4 tanks in a photo of the Polish Ministry of Defense.
Warsaw – Poland will hand over the remaining ten German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine this week, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said. Warsaw promised to deliver 14 of these armed vehicles to the neighboring country facing Russian aggression, four of which the Ukrainian army acquired already on February 24, when Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited Kyiv.
Ukraine has been asking its partners for several months to provide it with their modern tanks, which it believes will bring a decisive shift in the fight against Russian invasion units.
Blaszczak also before leaving for a meeting of EU defense ministers in Stockholm he said that Poland may set up a service center for tanks handed over to Ukraine at the Bumar Labendy armory in Gliwice, but currently the main problem is the lack of spare parts. Blaszczak added that he would discuss the matter with his German counterpart Boris Pistorius. “I expect that Minister Pistorius can arrange with German industry to supply spare parts,” Blaszczak said. He added that Germany, Poland, Canada, all countries whose armies have leopards are facing this problem, but “only Germany, the German defense industry, can solve the problem”. According to Blazsczak, Polish armories would also be able to produce spare parts, but only the manufacturer of leopards, the German company Rheinmetall, has all the necessary documentation.