This week, Poland will deliver ten Type 2A4 Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said this on Tuesday before flying to Stockholm, where he attends a meeting of European defence ministers.
Poland promised to send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv at the end of January. Four had already been delivered on February 24, the anniversary of the Russian invasion. So now the remaining ten follow.
Blaszczak also said that Poland would set up a maintenance centre for the tanks used in Ukraine. He wants to discuss the matter in Stockholm with German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.
“The fundamental issue we will discuss is the low availability of spare parts for the Leopard tanks,” said Blaszczak. “I count on Minister Pistorius to use his influence on German industry to ensure that spare parts are supplied.”
Since the beginning of the offensive war, neighbouring Poland has positioned itself as one of Ukraine’s biggest allies. Warsaw has also consistently urged the other members of the EU and NATO to provide military support to Kyiv.
Poland was also keen for Germany to give the green light for other countries to supply Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv. As a result, Poland has purchased more weapons, and defence spending has increased to 4 percent of gross domestic product this year.