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Several hundred tanks are needed for a counter-offensive

Ukraine needs several hundred tanks from Western allies to launch a counter-offensive against Russian troops in order to return the occupied territories.

This was stated on Monday by the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andrii Yermak.

“We need tanks – not 10-20, but several hundred,” Yermak wrote in Telegram. “Our objective is (to restore) the borders of 1991 and to punish the enemy who will pay for his crimes.”

Remember that Kiev is asking for the supply of tanks, in particular German-made Leopard 2 tanks, which are in service with many NATO members and whose re-export to Ukraine requires authorization from Berlin.

Poland’s prime minister said on Monday that his government would ask Germany for permission to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, and plans to send them whether Berlin agrees or not.

Germany’s foreign minister said on Sunday that Berlin would not intervene if Poland wanted it. Poland has 247 Leopard 2 tanks, according to the 2019 UN arms register.

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