Poland has supplied arms and different navy gear to Ukraine value at the least $1.7 billion, says President Andrzej Duda, who repeated his name for the nation’s allies to assist it make up the shortfall.
“We’re giving Ukraine the best navy assist we’ve ever supplied to any nation,” stated Duda. “We’re additionally the principle [supplier of] heavy weapons to Ukraine. We’re speaking about lots of of tanks, fight automobiles, artillery, in addition to drones, anti-aircraft launchers, ammunition, spare components and different gear.”
“That’s the reason we are actually asking virtually all our allies, particularly probably the most severe ones, to ship us gear, not essentially new gear,” continued the president. “Quite the opposite, we’ve donated used gear, so we’re additionally capable of settle for used gear so long as it replenishes, at the least partially, what we’ve misplaced.”
Poland has given Ukraine over 200 T-72 tanks, 18 Krab self-propelled tracked gun-howitzers, and a lot of Piorun moveable surface-to-air missiles, amongst different gear.
“We estimate [we have given] at the least $1.7 billion within the type of navy assist alone,” stated Duda. Whereas Poland will search to buy some replacements, “we additionally anticipate to fill the gaps which have arisen in our assets inside the framework of allied help mechanisms”.
Information gathered by the Kiel Institute for the World Financial system for its “Ukraine Help Tracker” exhibits that Poland had dedicated to giving weapons and gear of a better worth than any nation aside from the US by 10 Might.
By way of all types of assist (navy, humanitarian and monetary) in relation to inhabitants, Poland had given greater than any nation aside from Estonia and Latvia.
Final month, Duda accused Germany of reneging on a promise to offer Poland with Leopard tanks to exchange the T-72s it has given to Ukraine. Berlin, nonetheless, has argued that Warsaw is making unrealistic calls for for probably the most trendy Leopards.
The Polish authorities has additionally sought to step up navy procurement, after passing a brand new Homeland Defence Act in March that will increase the defence price range to three% of GDP, one of many highest ranges in NATO.
It has introduced numerous arms buy agreements with the US, together with Patriot air defence methods, F-35 fight plane and 250 Abrams tanks. In April, the federal government accelerated the supply of recent British air-defence missiles and launchers.
Final week, Poland additionally introduced a deal to promote further Krab howitzers to Ukraine, in what’s believed to be the nation’s largest-ever arms export deal.
Poland sells howitzers to Ukraine in report arms export deal
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Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.