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WorldEuropeNYT: European countries were not ready to deliver promised number of tanks to Ukraine Fox News

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This state of affairs has led to a tendency to reduce everything and anything in the armed forces, the newspaper notes. Many countries have gone down this path, including Germany, the country that produces Leopard 2 tanks. As a result, despite the fact that there are about 2,000 Leopard 2 tanks of various designs in Europe, there are practically no nothing to send to Ukraine. Instead of a full-flowing river, a stream flows, the New York Times put it figuratively. It is impossible even by joint efforts to collect the equipment of two tank battalions, and it is only 62 vehicles.The newspaper also notes that in order to train the Ukrainian army in the use of tanks of old models, which were also in the arsenals, some countries had to return retired instructors.Finland, which was among those who loudly demanded that Germany allow the supply of tanks, proved able to transfer only three demining vehicles to Ukraine, but is not ready to separate from one of the 200 combat tanks. Sweden found itself in a similar situation, offering Kiev up to 10 Leopard 2s, and the army is actively resisting this initiative of politicians. The terrible state of the tanks was also announced in Spain, so out of 108 vehicles, the kingdom will give only 10 (previously it was about 6 in general). Poland, which put the most pressure on Germany for permission, now says it will provide 14 tanks (out of 200). The same is happening in other European countries.Switzerland has taken a strange position. According to the New York Times, it refused to send its tanks to Ukraine, but declared itself ready to transfer them to EU members, who would donate theirs to Kiev. It is his neutrality.

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