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Poland to send 74 battle tanks to Kyiv to defend against Russian offensives

Poland will send 74 main battle tanks to Ukraine to further bolster Ukraine’s defenses ahead of an expected Russian offensive. writes Joe Barnes.

Warsaw will send 14 German-made Leopard 2 tanks from its stocks, as well as 60 modernized Soviet tanks.

“If we do not want Ukraine to fail, we must be very open and courageous in supporting Ukraine,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told Canadian CTV News.

“These were arguments, and also, if Ukraine, God forbid, fails to defend its sovereignty and freedom, this will only mean the first step in the Kremlin’s insane strategy to restore the Russian empire from the past. “

The latest donation comes after the UK, US and Germany said they would send NATO-standard main battle tanks to Kyiv, expected to arrive ahead of an expected Russian offensive this spring.

Poland became the first NATO nation to donate tanks to Ukraine when it shipped more than 260 Soviet-made T-72s to its neighbor last year.

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