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Poland is Considering a Request from Ukraine to Donate its German-made Leopard tanks - Media

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Photo for illustration / The Leopard 2PL is a main battle tank used by the Polish Armed Forces
Photo for illustration / The Leopard 2PL is a main battle tank used by the Polish Armed Forces

Polish diplomat said this WSJ. As he stated Poland eventually will give all 240 tanks to Ukraine, depending on how quickly Poland receives replacement

Accordinig to the WSJ, Poland gave Ukraine more than 240 modernized Soviet-type tanks early in the war. Now, Poland is considering a request from Ukraine to donate its German-made Leopard main battle tanks, a senior Polish diplomat said.

“They are for real considering giving anything just to help Ukraine,” said a Czech official closely involved in helping ship western arms into Ukraine, who confirmed that request.

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Photo for illustration / Leopard 2PL tank
Photo for illustration / Leopard 2PL tank

The Leopards are much more heavily armored, and more protected against antitank weapons, than the vehicles France, Germany, and the U.S. have so far offered.

Poland has more than 240 Leopard tanks, enough for two tank brigades, and plans to eventually unload all of them, said Slawomir Debski, director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, a Warsaw think tank close to the Polish government. The pace at which it could give those to Ukraine depends on how quickly Poland receives replacement tanks it has ordered from manufacturers in South Korea and the U.S., he said. Berlin would also need to approve.

“It’s a question of not if, but when,” said Mr. Debski, adding that the Western reluctance to provide tanks was finally diminishing after months of diplomatic pressure. “It’s exactly something Poland has argued for, for many months.”"

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