The governments of Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands announced on the 7th that they will provide Ukraine with at least 100 refurbished "Leopard 1" tanks.

The picture shows the "Leopard 1" tank in the inventory.

(Associated Press)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] As the Ukrainian-Russian War continues, military aid from Western countries continues to pour into Ukraine. Previously, various countries provided main tanks (MBT) to Ukraine, most of which were "Leopard 2" series battle tanks produced by Germany. The governments of Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands issued a joint statement on the 7th, announcing that they will provide Ukraine with at least 100 refurbished "Leopard 1" tanks in the next few months.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, the defense ministers of Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands pointed out in a joint statement that the provision of "Leopard 1" tanks is part of supporting Ukraine's resistance to Russia's invasion. These tanks will strengthen the combat power of the Ukrainian army. Training operations will take place over the next few months.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov pointed out that German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said during his visit to Kyiv on the 7th that the first batch of "Leopard 1" combat vehicles will arrive in Ukraine this summer. There are about 20 to 25 vehicles, and there will be 80 vehicles before the end of the year. In 2024, the number of "Leopard 1" tanks provided to Ukraine will exceed 100 vehicles.

German authorities had previously authorized the export of up to 178 Leopard 1A5 tanks to Ukraine, but the economics and defense ministries said in a joint statement that the actual number still depends on the refurbishment.

The "Leopard 1" tank was manufactured between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s and was the first main tank built by the West German Bundeswehr.

Dutch Defense Minister Kasja Ollongren (Kasja Ollongren) said in an interview with the Dutch National Broadcasting Corporation that although the "Leopard 1" is an old tank, the "Leopard 1" has been tested and is absolutely suitable for combat. The car is being refurbished, which certainly helps the Ukrainians, and the Leopard 1 is even better than some Russian tanks.

German Defense Minister Pistorius (right) visited Kyiv on the 7th and met with Ukrainian Defense Minister Reznikov (left).