Poland delivers 60 PT-91 main battle tanks to Ukraine

Poland delivered 60 more tanks to Ukraine to aid in the war against Russia, following Germany, Canada and the United States to support the nation.

The country’s Prime Minister says 60 of its retrofitted PT-91 tanks will be given to the Ukrainian military in addition to the 14 Leopard 2 tanks already pledged to the war effort.

Poland has regarded itself as one of Ukraine’s most steadfast allies, being the first country to provide its neighbour with 250 tanks last year.

Warsaw, which has positioned itself as one of Kyiv’s staunchest allies, had pressed hard for Germany to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and to allow other countries to do so as well, a demand which Berlin agreed to on Wednesday.

“Poland sent 250 tanks as the first country half a year ago or even more than that,” Mateusz Morawiecki told Canada’s CTV News.

“Right now, we are ready to send 60 of our modernised tanks, 30 of them PT-91.

“And on top of those tanks, 14 tanks, Leopard 2 tanks, from in our possession.”

The PT-91 is a Polish-made battle tank that came into service in the 1990s.

It was developed from the Soviet-era T-72 range, of which Ukraine has hundreds.

The remainder of the tanks that will be sent are upgraded T-72s.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Poland on Twitter for the decision to supply the additional tanks.

“Like 160 years ago we are together, but this time the enemy doesn’t stand a chance,” Mr Zelenskyy wrote. “Together we will win!”

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