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Ukraine conflict: Denmark and Netherlands buy Leopard 2A4 tanks for Kyiv

Denmark and the Netherlands will jointly procure 14 Leopard 2A4 MBTs for Kyiv (photo of the first four tanks of the type delivered to Ukraine on 24 February in the presence of Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Poland's Council of Ministers chairman Mateusz Morawiecki, and Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov). (Ukrainian MoD)

Denmark and the Netherlands will jointly procure 14 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) for Ukraine, the Danish and Dutch ministries of defence (MoDs) announced on their websites on 20 April. The Dutch MoD said the tanks would be sent to Ukraine “as soon as possible”, with the Danish MoD expecting them to be delivered from the maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility during the first quarter of 2024.

The two countries will share the EUR165 million (nearly USD181 million) cost of the Leopard 2A4s to be donated to Ukraine.

Denmark and the Netherlands will join the coalition of countries operating the Leopard 2, formed on 25 January to supply the tank to Ukraine. Germany leads a coalition of countries that operate Leopard 2A6s,with 18, along with three from Portugal, having arrived in Ukraine in March.

Poland leads a coalition of Leopard 2A4 operators, providing 14 of the tanks, with Canada supplying four, Norway eight, and Spain 10. The first four Leopard 2A4s arrived in Ukraine on 24 February.

Leopard 2 donations to UkraineCountryNumberVersionGermany18Leopard 2A6Portugal3Leopard 2A6SwedenUp to 10Leopard 2A5Poland14Leopard 2A4Canada4Leopard 2A4Norway8Leopard 2A4Spain10Leopard 2A4Denmark7Leopard 2A4Netherlands7Leopard 2A4Finland6Leopard 2RJanes

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