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First batch of German Leopard 1 tanks arrives in Ukraine, says Denmark

The first ten German-made Leopard 1 tanks promised by Denmark have arrived in Ukraine, the Danish Armed Forces said in a statement on Friday (8).

Another 10 units have also left the factory, after undergoing renovations, and should be sent to Ukraine soon, he added.

Denmark joined forces with Germany to donate the tanks.

They were first introduced in the 1960s, but most had been decommissioned by the early 2000s. The two countries will also provide training to the Ukrainian crews who will operate them.

Around 135 vehicles are expected to be donated to Ukraine after being refurbished after sitting idle for almost 20 years.

At the end of January, the United States and Germany announced that they would send a fleet of tanks to Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s announcement that they would send Leopard 2 tanks was accompanied by US President Joe Biden’s promise that he would also supply 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

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Modern German Leopard 2 tanks were introduced in 1979 and have been upgraded several times since then, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Source: CNN Brasil

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