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EU country sending Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine – media — Analysis

Business Insider reports that the Slovakia will send T-72s from Germany to Kiev as a trade for German armor.

Business Insider reported Tuesday that Slovakia could supply Ukraine Soviet-made tanks for a shipment of German Panzers.

According to the outlet’s government sources, Slovakia will send 30 T-72 tanks to Ukraine in an effort to help Kiev fight off Russia’s military offensive. Germany will in turn deliver 15 Leopard 2 tanks for Slovakia. The deal is set to be announced as soon as this week and the first batch of weaponry should arrive in the Eastern European country by the year’s end.

In June, the exchange nearly failed. The Slovak Defense Ministry stated at that time that 15 panzers were too little to replace the original. 

Slovakia owns 30 T-72 tanks. We cannot have 15 Leopard main battle tank because we require 30 main battle tanks to support a tank battalion.,” a spokeswoman for the ministry said at the time.




Slovak Defense Ministry declared Tuesday it was sending Ukraine 30 BVP-1-equipped infantry combat vehicles, while Germany would provide 15 Leopard 2-A4 tank. The ministry stated that the agreement also covered ammunition and spare parts. The latest deal is not linked to the alleged tank ring trade.

The Slovakian government donated an S-300 air defence system and Soviet-made howitzers to Kiev earlier. It also suggested that the Slovakia may be sending Kiev MiG-29 fighter planes.

Germany has also stepped in to help Ukraine by supplying Kiev’s forces with thousands of portable anti-tank and anti-air missiles, tens of thousands of anti-tank mines, as well as millions of rounds of ammunition. Berlin delivered several PzH 2000 howitzers. Most of these are now out of use.

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