May 21, 2022

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Czech Republic sends tanks and combat vehicles to Ukrainian forces

Czech Republic sends tanks and combat vehicles to Ukrainian forces

A Czech defense source told Reuters on Tuesday that the Czech Republic sent T-72 tanks and BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, becoming the first foreign country to supply such military equipment to Ukrainian forces.

The Czech public radio reported on the military shipment, which showed pictures on social media on Tuesday of a convoy loaded with five tanks and five combat vehicles, in a shipment that was considered a “gift” agreed with NATO allies.

This information was confirmed by the Chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the Czech House of Representatives, Ondrej Pinsek, by a source in the Czech defense community, who confirmed the dispatch of tanks and combat vehicles but declined to give further details, citing security. interests.

Defense Minister Jana Sernuchova told parliament that she would neither confirm nor deny details of Czech aid to Ukraine. “I can only assure you that the Czech Republic is helping Ukraine as much as it can and will continue to help (provide) military equipment, both light and heavy,” Sernoshova said.

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