Spain’s Leopard 2 tanks are in a pitiful state, Ukraine won’t get them

MADRID ($1=0.98 Euros) — Ukraine will not receive Leopard 2A4 tanks from Spain. Madrid announced weeks ago that it had stockpiled at the Casetas base, near Zaragoza. The inspection of their technical condition was completed a day ago. Margarita Robles, Minister of Defense of Spain made an official announcement in which he said the reasons why the Leopard 2A4 remain in Spain.

Spain sends retired Aspide SAMs Mach 4 and Leopard 2A4s to Ukraine
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Robles used ‘pitiful state’ in his statement to describe the poor technical condition of the armored vehicle. “Today we are looking at all possibilities, but I can already tell you that the Leopards, which have not been used in Zaragoza for many years, are not possible to send to Ukraine, because they are in an absolutely pitiful state,” Robles added that the tanks are in a state in which they would endanger the lives of Ukrainian soldiers.

Robles explained that the “tanks in Zaragoza” had not been used for many years [she did not specify how many] and were very damaged.

The intentions

Spain intended to give Ukraine at least 10 Leopard 2A4 tanks. In mid-July, Madrid announced its intentions. These tanks were supposed to be part of new military aid from the Spanish government to Ukraine.

The idea was for Ukraine to receive the tanks from Spain, but for Ukrainian companies to repair them on Spanish territory. Ukraine was supposed to receive money from the European Union’s European Peace Fund to repair the tanks. An agreement was to be concluded between Madrid and Kyiv outlining the operation of this deal.

Ukraine has repeatedly asked for the greater involvement of Spain in the delivery of military aid. A commission of Spanish soldiers and Ukrainian advisers was formed to oversee the repair of the Spanish tanks.

New meetings

New meetings at the political level between the two countries are forthcoming. Today, August 3, the Minister of Defense of Spain is expected to hold a meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador Serhiy Pokhoreltsev at the embassy in Madrid. Various topics will be discussed, but the leading one will be the supply of weapon systems to Ukraine.

Spain repairs transmission of its 6-cylinder diesel M113 APC
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Spain is one of the NATO member countries that has supplied a small number of weapons to Ukraine. The Spanish Leopard 2A4 tanks are clearly not on the negotiating table. But, as BulgarianMilitary.com wrote, the M113 infantry armored vehicle is part of a possible donation. Spain has quantities of this war machine, and since last year they have been modernizing them.

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