Poland decides to hand Leopard tanks to Ukraine
Poland will offer Ukraine a company of German-made Leopard tanks, Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, said in Lviv at a meeting with his Ukrainian and Lithuanian counterparts on Wednesday.
Andrzej Duda, Volodymyr Zelensky and Gitanas Nauseda met as part of the trilateral format of neighbourly cooperation known as the Lublin Triangle, the Polish President's Office has reported.
Andrzej Duda said at a press conference after the meeting that Poland had decided to hand some of its German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine under a broader Western coalition.
"A company of Leopard tanks will be handed over as part of a coalition that is being built because, as you know, a large number of formal requirements, agreements and so on must be met, but primarily we want this to be an international coalition," Duda said.
"The decision has already been made in Poland," Duda said as he expressed hope that more countries will soon join the effort.
Zelensky thanked Poland and Lithuania for their support and said Ukraine was expecting a "joint decision" of countries that were considering handing tanks to Ukraine, adding that no single country could provide Kyiv with enough tanks to win the war.
Poland has already offered Ukraine a significant number of its Soviet-era T-72 tanks as well as Krab self-propelled howitzers, Grot assault rifles and ammunition.