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​Denmark Announced Transfer of Another 45 Tanks to Ukraine: In Addition to Leopard 1, T-72s Were Also Mentioned

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Leopard 1 tank / Open source illustrative photo
Leopard 1 tank / Open source illustrative photo

Obviously, Leopard 1 tanks will be transferred to implement the previously stated intentions, but the supply of Soviet-made T-72 tanks raises questions about where Denmark could get them

Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, on the eve of the regular meeting of Ukraine's partners at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, announced the transfer of 45 tanks to Ukraine at once: 30 Leopard 1 tanks and 15 Soviet-made T-72 tanks.

As stated, the vehicles are transferred by Denmark not individually, but in cooperation with other countries. In particular, Leopard 1 is purchased by Copenhagen together with Germany and the Netherlands and it is about 99 Leopard 1A5-DK tanks that were stored by the German company Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG).

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That is, with a high degree of probability, we are not talking about additional tanks, but about the gradual arrival to the Armed Forces of Ukraine previously announced vehicles after their restoration.

Denmark Announced Transfer of Another 45 Tanks to Ukraine: In Addition to Leopard 1, T-72s Were Also Mentioned, Leopard 1A5-DK tanks in the warehouse of Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft, Defense Express
Leopard 1A5-DK tanks in the warehouse of Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft

As for the T-72 tanks, the participation of Denmark in the supply of these vehicles was not known. For example, it was known about the restoration of these tanks for the Armed Forces of Ukrauine at the facilities of the Czech company Excalibur Army at the expense of the United States and the Netherlands. But it is quite possible that Copenhagen was able to join this program, by buying an additional batch of T-72 somewhere and finance their restoration.

After all, there are already cases when unnamed countries become a source of supply of Soviet tanks through Ukraine's partners. Thanks to the supply from an unnamed African country, Czech company Excalibur Army received not 90, but 120 T-72 tanks for restoration and modernization last December.

Denmark Announced Transfer of Another 45 Tanks to Ukraine: In Addition to Leopard 1, T-72s Were Also Mentioned, The T-72 tank that was restored at facilities of Excalibur Army / Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic, Defense Express
The T-72 tank that was restored at facilities of Excalibur Army / Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic

But now, as in the last case, the source of these 15 T-72 tanks remains unknown. Although at the end of last year, there were active talks that Angola may well start supplying weapons in such a "circular way", which was connected with the country's intention to get closer to the USA and switch from Soviet-Russian weapons to modern models. But, of course, the list of possible sources of T-72 supply is not limited to this country, but to Africa in general, because this machine was very widely exported all over the world.

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