German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall could soon deliver repaired Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine only in 2024, its CEO said on Sunday, Bild daily and Reuters cited.
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Germany announced earlier this month that it would supply Ukraine with Mortar infantry fighting vehicles to help repel Russian forces. But Kiev also requested heavy vehicles such as Leopard tanks.
Paperger told Bild that it would cost hundreds of millions of euros to repair the tanks in stock, and the company could not do it before the order was confirmed.
“The vehicles will have to be completely dismantled and rebuilt,” he added.
Germany has become one of Ukraine’s main military backers in response to Russia’s invasion since last year’s invasion.
However, some voices say that Olaf Scholz and his ruling SPD party are too slow, waiting for allies to act first rather than taking responsibility as the closest Western power to Ukraine.
Economy Minister Robert Habeck said earlier this month that delivery of heavy Leopard tanks “cannot be ruled out”.
Saturday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced He will send a tank to Ukraine. Russian diplomats said on Saturday they had sent British heavy tanks, the Challenger 2, to Ukraine It will “escalate” the fight..
Finland announced on Thursday that it would donate Ukraine has a small number of German-made Panther 2s, if a large group of European countries decide to send main battle tanks as well.
Poland has also said that if a coalition of major countries is to send 2 Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
President of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen joined supporters on Tuesday On the supply of German Panther tanks to Ukraine: “I think Ukraine should get all the military equipment it needs.
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