UPDATE: First shipment of Leopard tanks to Ukraine from Spain have arrived in Poland

First shipment of Leopard tanks to Ukraine from Spain leaves the port of Santander

Six Leopard tanks shipped from Spain have arrived in Poland on their journey to Ukraine.

UPDATE: Friday, April 28 at 7:20pm

The shipment of six Leopard 2A4 tanks that left Spain – bound for Ukraine – last Friday, April 21, arrived at a port in Poland this Friday 28, according to larazon.es.

As revealed during a press conference held by Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, the tanks were loaded onto a train this morning in order to complete their journey to Ukraine.

She was accompanied at the briefing by her French counterpart, Sébastien Lecomu, and Germany’s Boris Pistorius, as reported by EFE.

The minister explained that the other 4 Leopards promised to Kyiv by Spain are still being repaired. Ms Robles estimated that they would be ready for transfer within two months.

Saturday, April 22 at 9:09pm

As announced by Defence Minister Margarita Robles this Saturday, April 22, the first shipment of Spanish Leopard tanks has already left the port of Santander bound for Ukraine.

In a statement to the media, the minister explained: “The six tanks have embarked tonight along with 20 transport vehicles, and are already heading towards Ukraine, where they will arrive in 5 or 6 days”.

The six Leopard 2A4s have been totally overhauled and tuned up at the Santa Bárbara company’s factory in Alcalá de Guadaíra in Sevilla. They subsequently underwent certification tests by the Army at the Cerro Muriano base in Córdoba.

Once these phases were overcome, the military vehicles were transferred by road to Santander. They were then loaded onto a ship and dispatched to Poland where all the military aid that countries send to Ukraine is received and distributed.

These are the first six Leopards from a batch of 10 that was committed by the Government of Pedro Sánchez. Another four are still being worked on and should be ready to join the Ukrainian Army in the coming weeks, as reported by 20minutos.es.

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