Eight Canadian tanks arrive in Poland en route to Ukraine

Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Friday that eight Leopard-2 tanks, which Ottawa has pledged to supply to Kyiv, have arrived in Poland.

“All the Leopard 2 tanks that Canada pledged to supply to Ukraine have arrived in Poland,” Canada’s defense minister tweeted.

“We will continue to stand next to Kiev and provide the Ukrainians with the equipment they need,” she added.

And Ottawa announced in February last year that it would double the number of tanks it had promised to deliver to Kyiv a month earlier.

Last month, Germany and the UK provided Ukraine with 18 Leopard 2 tanks and 14 Challenger 2 tanks, all of which are ready-to-use armored vehicles, after Ukrainian forces were trained on them.

Spain also pledged to provide Ukraine with six Leopard tanks, and the US pledged to provide Kyiv with about 31 Abrams tanks, but indicated that it could not be delivered until autumn.

Earlier, Russia sent a memorandum to NATO on the supply of weapons to Ukraine, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that any supply of weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying Ukraine with weapons, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated that the infusion of weapons from the West into Ukraine does not contribute to the success of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.

Source: AFP.

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