10 Leopard 1A5 Tanks Arrive in Ukraine: Photo Shows Ukrainian Soldiers Training on the Tank this summer. Photo: Nora Stone / Jydske Dragonregiment / Forsvarsgalleriet.

The first batch of Danish Leopard 1 tanks has arrived in Ukraine

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The first ten Leopard 1 tanks that Denmark has donated are now in Ukraine.

This was announced on Friday by the Danish Defence Command.

The tanks can now be used in the Ukrainian offensive.

In February, Denmark, in cooperation with the Netherlands and Germany, decided to donate a larger number of Leopard 1A5 tanks to Ukraine. The donation includes both the refurbishment of the tanks, which have been inactive for several years, and the training of Ukrainian tank crews.

The first 10 tanks have now been sent to Ukraine, and more are on the way. An additional 10 tanks have been delivered from the factory.

The Leopard 1A5 tanks were in operation in the Danish Defence until 2005. In 2010, Denmark sold around 100 of the old tanks to Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG), where they have been stored ever since. At the same time, a few Leopard 1A5 tanks were donated to Danish armored museums. Three of these have been loaned to the Danish Defence by three of the Danish museums, so the training of the Ukrainians could begin immediately after the decision was made.

The tanks to be refurbished will be delivered to the Ukrainians gradually and will be used, among other things, in the training of Ukrainian crews.

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