The Daily Telegraph

Germany sends 200 restored tanks to Kyiv

- By Joe Barnes

GERMANY yesterday approved the export of almost 200 older Leopard 1 battle tanks to further bolster Kyiv’s defences.

The vehicles, manufactur­ed in the 1960s, are expected to be gradually shipped to Ukraine after they have undergone significan­t refurbishm­ent.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, warned more Western military support was needed to defeat an expected Russian offensive that could be launched in just a few weeks.

Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s defence minister, said yesterday that tanks supplied by Nato allies would serve as an “iron fist” to break through Russia’s rigid defences.

Flensburge­r Fahrzeugba­u Gesellscha­ft, a German arms manufactur­er, said it had 99 of the battle tanks in storage that could be made available to Ukraine’s armed forces, while Rheinmetal­l said it had 88 available.

It came as France and Italy agreed to send mobile surface-to-air missile systems yesterday. The systems, called MAMBA or SAMP/T, are a vehicle-mounted battery of medium-range missiles to offer protection from airborne threats such as missiles and manned or unmanned aircraft.

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