According to Business Insider, Slovakia will send T-72s to Kyiv in return for German armor.
According to a report from Business Insider published on Tuesday, Slovakia is prepared to give Ukraine tanks constructed in the Soviet Union in exchange for receiving a shipment of German panzers from Berlin.
Slovakia would send 30 T-72 tanks to Ukraine, according to the outlet's government sources, to aid Kyiv in fending off Russia's military advance. Slovakia will receive 15 Leopard 2 tanks from Germany. The agreement will likely be announced this week, and by the end of the year, the first shipment of weapons should reach the nation in Eastern Europe.
With the Slovak Defense Ministry claiming that a replacement of 15 panzers was insufficient at the time, the exchange nearly fell through in June.
There are 30 T-72 tanks in Slovakia. Since we need 30 main battle tanks for a tank battalion, 15 Leopard main battle tanks are not a viable option for us, according to a ministry spokeswoman at the time.
The Slovak Defense Ministry stated on Tuesday that it would send 30 infantry fighting BVP-1 vehicles to Ukraine while also sending 15 German Leopard 2-A4 tanks. The deal also included extensive training, ammo, and spare components, the ministry claimed. If the most recent arrangement is connected to the rumored tank ring exchange is unknown.
Earlier, Slovakia sent Kyiv an S-300 air defense system as well as helicopters and self-propelled howitzers produced in the Soviet Union. Slovakia also issued a hint that it would deliver Kyiv MiG-29 fighter fighters.
Germany has also stepped in to support Ukraine by giving Kyiv's army tens of thousands of anti-tank mines, thousands of portable anti-tank and anti-air missiles, and millions of rounds of ammunition. PzH 2000 howitzers were also given by Berlin, though the majority are no longer in use.