Ukraine refused help with Leopard tanks from Germany because they were in very bad condition and needed repairs. Photo/Illustration
KIEV – A report states that Ukraine has rejected 10 Leopard 1A tanks from Germany. It is not without reason that Ukraine rejected these tanks. The reason is, the condition of the tanks is very bad because they require repairs and Ukraine does not have the technicians and spare parts to repair them.
“Authorities in Kiev refused to import the Leopard 1A group of tanks on the grounds that the tanks require significant repairs,” reported German newspaper der Speigel on Tuesday as quoted by Insider, Thursday (21/9/2023).
According to the outlet, Ukraine lacks the spare parts and technical expertise to repair it.
Germany has committed to sending 110 tanks to Ukraine as part of a $2.9 billion military aid package announced in the spring. Most of these are Leopard 1A tanks, the first of which began arriving in July, The New York Times (NYT) reported.
After Germany’s announcement, der Spiegel reported, its troops were immediately tasked with repairing the tanks that had been stored, and Ukraine sent troops to be trained in their use.
“However, in the rush to get the tanks into battle, problems arose in getting the right spare parts, and training Ukrainian technicians to carry out repairs,” the outlet reported.
The German Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, and a spokesperson for Defense Minister Boris Pistorius declined to comment on the case to Der Speigel.
However, its launch issues have been well documented.
In early August, German news outlet die Welt reported that only 10% of the tanks the country had promised to Ukraine had been delivered.