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First Leopard 2 Tanks Already in Ukraine – Polish Defense Minister

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Illustrative photo: Leopard 2 of the Polish Armed Forces / Open source photo
Illustrative photo: Leopard 2 of the Polish Armed Forces / Open source photo

Exactly 1 year into russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Poland brings new important weapons for Ukrainians to fight back

First Leopard 2 tanks have already been delivered to Ukraine, Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak reported to the National Security Council [Rady Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego] today, on February 24th, exactly one year since russia launched its all-out offensive on Ukraine, Suspilne media reports. The information has as well been confirmed by the country's Government Spokesman Piotr Müller.

At the same time, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki today pays a visit to Ukraine and he is expected to make an official announcement of the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks. In total, Poland committed 14 of its Leopard 2s; how many of them have been delivered, is not disclosed.

Read more: The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Told How Many Leopard Tank Battalions Ukraine to Receive

As a reminder, at this moment Ukrainian military personnel are going through an accelerated training program in Poland, with focus on mastering Leopard 2 main battle tanks. They learn 12 hours per day, six days a week.

The training started February 6, and was scheduled to last for about a month, till March 12. Most of the soldiers to arrive in Poland have gone there straight from the battlefield.

Ukrainian troops learning Leopard 2 in Świętoszów, Poland. Photo published February 13th
Ukrainian troops learning Leopard 2 in Świętoszów, Poland. Photo published February 13th / Photo credit: Polska Zbrojna
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