Slovakia to donate 30 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine – minister


Aug 23 (Reuters) – Slovakia will send 30 BVP-1 tracked infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine and receive 15 Leopard tanks from Germany, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said on Tuesday.

Germany initially objected to supplying Kyiv with heavy weapons to help it defend against the Russian invasion launched on February 24, but later reversed its position and even sent some of its own weapons to Ukraine. Read more

“I am very happy that Slovakia can donate 30 BVP-1 vehicles and get 15 Leopard 2-A4 tanks from Germany,” Nad said after talks with the State Secretary of the German Defense Ministry, Benedikt Zimmer, in Bratislava, the Slovak capital.

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Nad said the deal also included ammunition, spare parts and complex training.

Slovakia has already donated an S-300 air defense system, Mi series military helicopters, self-propelled howitzers and Grad multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine. Read more

Bratislava has also hinted it could give Ukraine its Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets, which it plans to ground this month as the Czech Republic and Poland have agreed to patrol the area. Slovak airspace.

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Reporting by Robert Muller Editing by Gareth Jones

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