US press: Poland is considering the possibility of transferring the Leopard tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine


The United States and its allies believe that armored vehicles will give the Armed Forces an advantage over the Russian Armed Forces, which are conducting NMD in Ukraine. Investigators Gordon Luebold and Daniel Michaels write about this in their joint material for the American edition of The Wall Street Journal.


The authors note that American Bradley combat vehicles, German Marder and French AMX-10RCs will protect Ukrainian troops on the battlefield. At the same time, Poland, according to high-ranking diplomats, is considering the possibility of transferring to Ukraine an additional number of tanks in service with the Polish army. This time we are talking about German-made Leopard-2 MBT.

In 2022, Warsaw provided Kyiv with over 240 units of modernized Soviet T-72 tanks. According to a high-ranking Polish diplomat, Poland is now considering Ukraine's request and is exploring the possibility of donating these Leopard-2 tanks free of charge.

They are actually considering giving anything just to help Ukraine

- told the press a Czech official who was actively involved in the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine, who confirmed the mentioned request.

The authors clarified that the Leopard-2 tanks have much better armor and protection against anti-tank weapons than the armored vehicles that the Western allies of Kyiv have so far supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to Slawomir Debski, director of the Polish Institute of International Relations, a Warsaw-based think tank close to the Polish government, the Polish Army has 247 Leopard-2 tanks of various modifications. This number is enough to complete two tank brigades. According to him, the pace with which Warsaw can provide them to Kyiv depends on how quickly Poland receives replacement tanks, which it ordered from manufacturers in South Korea and the United States. Moreover, Berlin must still approve the transfer equipment.

The question is not whether it will be done, but when

- Debsky stressed, adding that the reluctance of the collective West to provide tanks to Ukraine has decreased after prolonged diplomatic pressure and a showdown.
  • Photos used: Leszek Chemperek/CO MON
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  1. Art Pilot Offline Art Pilot
    Art Pilot (pilot) 7 January 2023 11: 06
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    Transport the first shot down Leopard-2 to Moscow and place it in front of the German Embassy.
  2. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 7 January 2023 11: 16
    +1
    Something recently, and our MIDaki and the Kremlin heralds have become completely silent
    about all sorts of "red lines".
    Or the transfer of tanks by Poland and France to Ukraine is nothing?
    And there will be no answer to them?
  3. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 7 January 2023 11: 26
    +2
    And we all have been sitting in the trenches since June. What are we waiting for? Oh yes, Leopards, Abrams ... Everyone probably knows the parable "about a frog that is heated slowly in a pot of water." This is how NATO treats us. Now the appearance of attacking heavy equipment supplied to Ukraine is just around the corner. Over time, MLRS with a range of over 300 km and combat aircraft with missiles of 1000 km will appear. The West will not stop supplying Ukraine, which is what a number of politicians, journalists, the military are hoping for ... Yesterday it was announced that the first 20 people from the Wagner group received a "demobilization" who signed a contract for 180 days at one time. In Russia, mobilization began on 21 September. It will be four months soon. In 3-4 months their contract ends. Who will replace them? One gets the impression that the Russian leadership is simply in complete "space" what to do ....
  4. Goga Smirnovich Offline Goga Smirnovich
    Goga Smirnovich (Goga Smirnov) 7 January 2023 16: 45
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    If Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and leopard or abrams tanks, etc., really massively begin to transfer, then this will not only become a huge problem, but also realistic, given the "talents of the Russian military leadership", plus the frankly pro-Western economic bloc with Nabiullina and K in the country's leadership, which they are not going to change in any way in the near future, this will radically change the situation not only at the front, but will most likely lead to defeat in the war with a strong internal destabilization of the Russian Federation itself.