| 19 June 2024, Wednesday |

Ukraine to receive 120-140 tanks in ‘first wave’ of deliveries, according to a minister

A coalition of 12 nations will deliver 120 to 140 Western tanks to Ukraine in the “first wave” of deliveries, according to foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba.

This month, as Moscow stepped up its efforts to win small-scale gains in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv was able to get commitments from the West to provide main battle tanks to help thwart an invasion.

“There are currently 12 people in the tank coalition. I can report that the Ukrainian military will get between 120 and 140 tanks of the Western design in the first wave of contributions “During a briefing online, Kuleba remarked.

He said those tanks would include the German Leopard 2, the British Challenger 2 and the U.S. M1 Abrams, and that Ukraine was also “really counting” on supplies of French Leclerc tanks being agreed.

Kuleba gave no timeline for any of the deliveries. Time will also be needed for training with the tanks.

Kuleba said Kyiv was working behind the scenes to win over more countries to supply tanks at what officials say is a critical time in the war.

Kyiv plans to launch a major counteroffensive to recapture swathes of territory taken by Russia in the south and east of the country.

The United States has told Kyiv to hold off on those plans until Western military assistance has arrived in Ukraine.

Ukraine is also concerned that Russia could launch its own major offensive in the coming weeks or months.

  • Reuters