Finland has announced a 14th package of military assistance to Ukraine. It will include three Leopard 2R demining tanks, heavy weapons and ammunition. This was reported by the Finnish Ministry of Defense on Thursday, March 23.
The cost of the new aid package is stated to be 161 million euros. In total, since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Finnish authorities have allocated aid worth 910 million euros.
For security reasons, the Finnish military department does not disclose the full content of the 14th package, as well as the delivery time.
"From the point of view of Ukraine's defense struggle, all material assistance is vital. We will continue to strongly support Ukraine in countering Russia's brutal attack," said Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen.
Earlier, Finland has already decided to donate three armored tanks for demining based on Leopard 2, which means that Finland will provide six Leopard 2 vehicles to Ukraine.
As a reminder, nine countries have announced their intention to provide Ukraine with more than 150 Leopard tanks. This was stated by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the opening of the 10th meeting of the Ramstein Contact Group on Ukraine's Defense on Wednesday, March 15.
"The coalition of countries that have pledged to provide Leopard tanks to Ukraine continues to grow. Nine countries have now pledged more than 150 Leopard tanks," Austin said during the online meeting.-
However, it remains unclear whether he is talking about Leopard tanks in general or only about their second version, Leopard-2. If it's the latter, then it's cool, and I'd like to know who else has splurged in recent weeks.
But it still seems that we are talking about 74 Leopard-2 tanks and another 80 Leopard-1 tanks (the latter are to be provided jointly by Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany).
As of February 24, Ukraine was guaranteed 74 Leopard-2 tanks. And since then, there have been no new announcements.
Thus, 18 tanks of this type were guaranteed by Germany, 14 by Poland, 10 by Sweden and Spain, 8 by Norway and Canada, and 3 by Finland and Portugal.
Taking into account today's three tanks from Finland, we have 77 Leopard-2s, but as it turns out, 6 of them are demining tanks...
We should add that it was officially reported that 14 tanks from Poland and 8 from Norway are already in Ukraine.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 24/03/2023