Canada will be sending four Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced on Thursday, APA reports citing CNN.
“Canada will supply Ukraine with four Leopard 2 main battle tanks in the coming weeks. This donation, combined with the contributions of allies and partners, will significantly help the Armed Forces of Ukraine as they fight heroically to defend their nation’s freedom and sovereignty,” she said. “Ukraine’s armed forces need equipment and they need it urgently."
The defense minister added that the tanks will provide soldiers with a tactical advantage due to their “excellent mobility, firepower, and survivability” and that they would allow Ukraine to retake even more of its territory.
The tanks are combat-ready and will be deployed over the coming weeks, Anand said.
A number of Canadian Armed Forces members will be deployed to train Ukrainian soldiers with the skills they need to operate the equipment, she added.