Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands will pool funds to restore at least 100 of their old Leopard 1 tanks with further transfer to Ukraine, according to a joint statement from Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, the Voice of America reported.
Representatives of the three countries said that Ukraine will receive at least 100 Leopard-1 A5 tanks, as well as training, logistical support, spare parts and ammunition for them in the coming months.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said during a visit to Kyiv today that 20 to 25 tanks will arrive in Ukraine by the summer, about 80 by the end of the year, and more than 100 by 2024. This was stated in a statement by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov's cabinet, released after his meeting with Pistorius.
Ukraine should receive a double-digit number of Leopard 1 tanks in the first quarter, German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said.
According to Habeck, it is currently unknown exactly how many of the promised 178 tanks will be handed over to Kiev, as the Leopards need to be repaired for combat, re-equipped.
Speaking to reporters in Washington after a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Habeck assured that Kyiv would receive enough tanks to repel the Russian spring offensive.