South Korean Army T-80U tank.
(The picture is taken from the Facebook of the South Korean Army)
[Compilation of Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report] The Ukrainian media "RBC-Ukraine" reported on the 21st that Cyprus, an island country located in the eastern Mediterranean, announced that it was preparing to ship the T-80U main tank made in the Soviet Union to Ukraine in exchange for the German-made T-80U tank. Leopard main tank.
About 82 of these tanks are currently in service with Cyprus.
According to reports, this spring, the U.S. government asked Cyprus to provide Ukraine with equipment from the Soviet stockpile, including Tor-M1 and S-300 air defense systems, as well as T-80U and Mi-35 attack helicopters.
Cyprus originally informed the German government that it was going to give up the T-80U in exchange for the Leopard-2, but German Chancellor Scholz has not responded so far.
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"RBC-Ukraine" said that Cyprus now hopes that the Leopard-2 tanks will come from friendly Greece, and the Greek arsenal has 170 Leopard 2A and 183 Leopard 2A4GR tanks, which were produced in the 1980s, but they are now in the process of upgrading Cyprus wants an updated version of the Leopard-2 in exchange to avoid depleting its forces in an intensified standoff with arch-rival Turkey.
Cyprus has about 82 T-80U tanks, a modified version of the T-80 with a modern turret, Kontakt-5 reactive armor, improved sights and equipped with the 9M119 Svir anti-armor missile system.
According to South Korean media, in April last year, Ukraine called on South Korea to provide 150 to 200 kinds of military supplies, including the Russian-made T-80U main tank of the South Korean army. This made the South Korean military quite "panic"; The United States leaked relevant information to Ukraine.