Finland introduced Thursday it would ship three Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, the newest Western nation to pledge heavier weapons on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the conflict.
“We’ll ship extra defence materiel and take part within the Leopard cooperation along with our companions,” Minister of Defence Mikko Savola stated in a press release.
The help bundle would additionally embody “coaching associated to their use and upkeep.”
Talking at a press convention following the announcement, Savola specified that the autos being despatched had been a modified model of the Leopard 2 platform, designed for clearing mines and different explosives.
“These haven’t got a cannon, these have a machine gun. These are particularly for mine clearance,” Savola instructed reporters.
Out of Finland’s some 200 Leopard 2 tanks, solely six are modified on this approach.
Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) border with Russia, has been hesitant to decide to sending battle tanks to Ukraine.
The announcement follows a pledge of six tanks from Spain on Wednesday and comes after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated Friday that allies with out there battle tanks ought to ship them now.
Germany initially resisted strain from allies to authorise the supply of German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
However it relented in January, saying it will ship an organization of 14 Leopard tanks, with the purpose of assembling together with allies two tank battalions for Ukraine.
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