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​Poles Will Train Ukrainian Crews of German Leopard 2 Tanks

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Polish army Leopard 2A tanks stage for a multinational force-on-force exercise as part of Defender Europe at Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, May 14, 2022 / Photo credit: U.S. Army, Capt. Tobias Cukale
Polish army Leopard 2A tanks stage for a multinational force-on-force exercise as part of Defender Europe at Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, May 14, 2022 / Photo credit: U.S. Army, Capt. Tobias Cukale

Oleksii Reznikov, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine stated that Armed Forces of Ukraine will train troops to use Leopard 2 battle tanks in Poland even despite the fact that the decision on supplying Ukraine with the German-made tanks has not been made yet

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine told this in an interview with Voice of America on Friday.

"Countries that already have Leopard tanks can begin training missions for our tank crews. We will start with that, and we will go from there. I hope, Germany will follow their process, conduct their internal consultations, and will arrive at the decision to transfer tanks. I am optimistic regarding this because the first step has been made. We will start training programs for our tank crews on Leopards 2," Ukraine’s Defense Minister said.

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Oleksii Reznikov, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Defense Express
Oleksii Reznikov, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine / Photo from open sources

Oleksii Reznikov described the development as a breakthrough. According to him, agreements were reached thanks to the initiatives of Poland and Britain regarding the Leopard and Challenger tanks, respectively.

At a capability level the Leopard 2 will offer Ukraine greater firepower, greater mobility and better protection from enemy fires supported by more modern countermeasures that Ukraine has been predominately relying on with the Soviet-era tanks.

The new Polish Army Leopard 2PL main battle tank on display at MSPO 2020, Defense Express
The new Polish Army Leopard 2PL main battle tank on display at MSPO 2020 / Photo credit: Bob Morrison

As Defense Express reported earlier, Ukrainian Ministers Proposed to Establish a "Tank Coalition" for Ukraine. We also wrote that At Least 100 Leopard 2 And Challenger Tanks Needed For Ukraine’s Counteroffensive.

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