Poland handed over 200 Soviet T-72 tanks and several dozen infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, Polish Radio reported. Earlier, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke about the transfer of tanks to Kyiv, without revealing any details
Poland, as part of military assistance, transferred to Ukraine more than 200 Soviet T-72 tanks, as well as several dozen infantry fighting vehicles, Polish Radio reported, citing its own data. Earlier, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed the transfer of tanks to Kyiv, but refused to disclose details in the interests of Ukraine's security.
According to Polish Radio, T-72 tanks have already reached Ukraine through the Czech Republic. In total, there are almost 400 such tanks in Poland, according to the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defense in 2019, some of them were finalized, however, according to the radio station, they decided to transfer to Kyiv mainly tanks that were not included in the modernization program.
Warsaw supplied Kyiv with military equipment worth 7 billion zlotys (approximately $1.59 billion), including 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers. and rocket launchers “Grad”, the radio station writes. Poland also provided air-to-air missiles. for MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to supply Poland with the Challenger 2 (the main tank of the British ground forces, produced from 1994 to 2009 and is still in use. RBC) if Poland sends T-72 tanks to Ukraine. The Independent newspaper wrote that at that time no such request had been received from Warsaw, but if necessary, the delivery could be arranged “within days”.
On April 25, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that Warsaw had handed over to Ukraine tanks, refusing to reveal details. At the same time, he added that Poland “received the support of Great Britain and the United States,” therefore, it can feel “completely safe.”
Morawiecki also said that the issue of transferring the MiG-29 to Kyiv was “closed” because “there is no such need, just as there are no such requests.” In early March, Poland offered to send MiG-29 aircraft to the American base in Germany for their further transfer to Ukraine. Warsaw decided not to supply them to Kyiv on its own, but to make a decision on this issue together with NATO allies. The Pentagon then stated that they did not consider it reasonable to send fighters through the United States.
Russia has repeatedly criticized the supply of weapons and military equipment to Kyiv by the United States and other countries. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated that any cargo with Western weapons on the territory of Ukraine will become a target for the Russian military. In mid-April, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that a logistics center was destroyed near Lviv, where large consignments of American and European weapons were located.
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