Ukrainian Military Pages: Denys Shmyhal asked Germany for Leopard-2 tanks

September 4, 2022

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal visited Germany, where he met with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, among other things, they discussed the issue of additional arms supplies.

“We have a common vision of the need to increase the supply of artillery systems and air defense systems. First of all, increase the types of heavy weapons that have already been delivered or will be delivered in the near future: MARS-2 anti-aircraft guns, Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled guns, IRIS-T air defense systems and Cheetah anti-aircraft guns. At the same time, they also talked about the possible supply of new equipment, in particular German tanks,” the Prime Minister is quoted as saying by the Government Portal .

Denys Shmyhal also emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of energy. In particular, Ukraine and Germany are discussing the organization of an EU and UN mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in order to achieve its complete demilitarization. This will contribute to Europe’s energy security and energy independence.

For his part, Olaf Scholz assured that Germany will support Ukraine as much as it will be needed both in terms of military and financial assistance.

Note that the other day, Denys Shmyhal, in an interview with the German news agency Deutsche Presse-AgenturTak, said that Ukraine expects Germany to supply Leopard-2 tanks.

“We expect the United States to supply us with its Abrams tanks, and Germany with its Leopard-2,” he said.


  1. “We expect the United States to supply us with its Abrams tanks, and Germany with its Leopard-2,”

    Either tank would be a welcome and awesome addition to Ukraine’s stockpile. Let’s hope that Mr. Shmyhal wasn’t given empty promises.

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  2. The Leopard would be a better choice. The Abrams is a thirsty devil, while the leopard uses a diesel engine instead of a gas turbine. The leopard would not require much beyond the logistics Ukraine already runs. The Abrams would probably strain it, and it uses jet fuel.

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    • Both tanks are very similar in dimensions and performance. What sets the Abrams apart is its turbo shaft gas turbine engine. Although it’s true that it doesn’t have the range of the Leopard’s diesel engine, it can use a variety of fuels, not only kerosene. This can be of great advantage in wartime.

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      • There are limitations on the fuels. Still, the fuels it can burn will be widely available in a war zone. The Leopard has a much less complex engine and is already something the Ukrainians can easily maintain.


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