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Greece Begins Supplying Infantry Combat Vehicles to Ukraine

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Photo for illustration / BMP-1A1 Ost is an East German modification of the Soviet BMP-1P
Photo for illustration / BMP-1A1 Ost is an East German modification of the Soviet BMP-1P

Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, has announced this during a joint press conference with Nikos Dendias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece

Kuleba said: “We highly appreciate the weapons that Greece is transferring to Ukraine so that we can defend our land. It is extremely important that the long-awaited shipment of BMP-1 armored infantry vehicles from Greece to Ukraine has already begun. Soon they will be arriving for our military and will immediately strengthen the fighting capacity and defense capabilities of our country.”

Shooting with the M2 machine gun mounted on the Greek BMP-1
Fire from M2 machine gun mounted on the Greek BMP-1

He also emphasized that Ukraine expects continued cooperation with Greece in terms of military assistance. He noted that the priority is to strengthen air defense.

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“Greece knows our request and will process it,” he said.

As previously reported, Greece is handing over BMP-1s to Ukraine as part of the “circular exchange” with Germany. On October 17, it was reported that the first Marder IFVs from Germany had already arrived in Greece. In total, Athens will receive 40 of those IFVs.

BMP-1A1 Ost is an East German modification of the Soviet BMP-1P, which was sold to Greece after the reunification of Germany. There, they were additionally equipped with an M2 Browinig machine gun or had their turret replaced with a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun.

Greek BMP-1
Greek BMP-1 with a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun

In the 1990s, Greece received approximately 500 such infantry fighting vehicles. Some of them were handed over to Egypt, and a part to Iraq.

In June, the Greek Minister of Defense announced that Ukraine will receive up to 30 BMP-1s from Greece, although prior to that, they announced the possibility of transferring a much larger number of armored vehicles – up to 100 BMPs.

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