The alliance of 5 countries supplies tanks to Ukraine

Ukrainian officials announced that five European countries had launched an alliance to provide tanks and ammunition, maintenance support and training to Kyiv.

“Ukraine’s partners have just launched a new ‘defense alliance.’ This time it is a ‘tank alliance’, with the first meeting taking place in Warsaw”, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Ukrainian parliament Daniil Getmantsev announced on March 28.

According to the Ukrainian parliamentarian, the initial initiative of Poland and Germany was expanded to include England, Sweden, and Italy. The goal of the five-country alliance is to provide weapons and tank ammunition to Kyiv and, at the same time, support the Ukrainian army in repair, maintenance, training and engineering.

“Russia has possessed a very large number of tanks right from the years when the Soviet Union existed. Ukraine will need to double its efforts to strengthen its strength in this aspect,” Getmantsev commented.

Officials from Britain, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Italy have not commented on the Ukrainian parliamentarian’s statement.

Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz and his German counterpart Boris Pistorius announced on March 18 their intention to form an alliance to supply main battle tanks to Ukraine.

Kosiniak-Kamysz said Warsaw and Berlin would play a leading role in “one of the most important alliances” for the war in Ukraine. He called on NATO member states and the European Union (EU) to support the initiative to promote security in Europe, noting that Britain, Sweden and Italy have agreed to cooperate.

The alliance to supply tanks to Ukraine began the first round of discussions in Warsaw on March 26. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense praised this initiative as “strengthening the shield protecting the armed forces” of Ukraine and gathering the strength of other countries’ armies to counterbalance Russia.

Germany, France and Poland earlier this month established an alliance to supply long-range rockets to Ukraine.