We have received real support for strengthening the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on social media. He posted photos of Leopard 2 A4 tanks donated by Poland. The deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paweł Jabłoński, expressed hope that the transfer of more tanks to Ukraine would be a matter of days, not weeks. He stressed that any type of weapon needed by Ukraine is defensive in nature, as it is used to defend the attacked territory.
On Friday, one year after the start of Russia’s full-scale, unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reported in Kiev about transfer of the first four Leopard 2 A4 tanks to Ukraine. – These tanks are already in Ukraine. They will strengthen our defense – confirmed the president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Reznikov: I am happy to welcome the first animals to our military-technical zoo
The ceremony of handing over the tanks was attended by, among others, the head of the Polish government, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov. As Reznikov wrote on social media, Ukraine received “real support for strengthening the capabilities of the armed forces of Ukraine.”
“I am delighted to welcome the first animals to our Ukrainian military-technical zoo,” the post reads. He added that he was waiting for the next one. “I sincerely thank our Polish friends. I am grateful to the entire Polish nation, the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and my friend the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Poland Mariusz Blaszczak“, wrote the Ukrainian Defense Minister.
At the Friday conference in Kiev, Morawiecki also announced that “within days” we will hand over “very good PT-91 tanks” to Ukraine.
MFA deputy chief: handing over more tanks to Ukraine is a matter of days, not weeks
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński was asked by PAP when the tank coalition would be able to deliver more tanks to Ukraine. “We hope it will be very soon, that it is a matter of days, not weeks,” he replied.
He explained that Poland tried to deliver the tanks as quickly as possible to encourage other countries to act faster. – When Poland declares something, it keeps its word. It does not end with declarations, but is followed by real actions, he said. He stressed that Ukraine needs weapons as soon as possible in order to successfully repel Russian aggression.
The deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded that Poland had been very clear for a long time that Ukraine should be given the support it asks for and needs. – Because Ukraine is defending itself and there should be no distinctions as to what kind of weapons it can receive and which not – offensive or defensive. Ukraine has been attacked, it is a victim, and any weapon it needs is defensive in nature,” Yablonski said.
Jabłoński on EU sanctions
Jabłoński also referred to the Prime Minister’s assessment that the 10th package of EU sanctions is too soft. In Kiev, Morawiecki announced that he would submit a request to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to add the names of the main Russian propagandists to the sanctions list.
– We are still in talks with various EU countries on this matter, we hope that the package of sanctions will be as wide as possible – said Jabłoński. He added that the sanctions are effective, although he admitted that they are not one hundred percent. “But if today Russia were not under sanctions, it would have a much better chance of winning this aggressive war, because it would also have access to the latest technology,” he noted.
Tanks for Ukraine
On January 11 in Lviv, President Andrzej Duda announced that Poland had decided to hand over a company of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine as part of building an international coalition in this matter.
On January 25, the German government announced the delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, as well as the issuance of appropriate permits to partner countries, including Poland, which want to quickly hand over Leopard 2 tanks from their resources to Kiev.
On the same day, US President Joe Biden announced that the US would supply Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams tanks. As announced by the White House, tanks, the number of which corresponds to one Ukrainian battalion, will be purchased for Ukraine; their delivery will take “months”, but training will start soon.
Earlier, on January 11, UK government confirmed that it plans to offer the Challenger 2 tanks to the Ukrainian side. In the following weeks, the authorities in London clarified that they would hand over 14 tanks of this type to Kiev, which should be delivered to the front before the summer.
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