CANADA JOINS OTHER ALLIES IN SENDING TANKS TO UKRAINE
Jan 26, 2023
By Bob Komsic
Canada is sending four of its German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine ”in the coming weeks.”
Defence Minister Anita Anand with the announcement as this country is the latest to promise the heavy weapons to Kyiv.
”This donation, combined with the contributions of allies and partners, will significantly help the armed forces of Ukraine,” says Anand, who hints Canada may send more.
”This number may grow as we co-ordinate donation and sustainment plans with our allies.”
While Canada has 112 of these tanks, Anand points out hers is a difficult balancing act.
”The number of Leopards that we are donating has been carefully considered in order to ensure that our own Army has the tanks needed to maintain our own readiness to train and to meet Canada’s NATO commitments,” the defence minister points out.
The decision comes after Germany said it would provide Leopard tanks and allow other countries to do the same.
The aim is for its allies to provide Ukraine with 88 of the Leopards.