Ukrainian soldiers arriving at the military base in Poland on Monday praised the Leopard battle tanks, the intricacies of which they learned under the supervision of allied trainers.
According to AFP, Major Vadym Khodak from the Ukrainian army told reporters watching the training in the village of Swietoszow, “As of today, I can say that the machine is very high quality, very good.” “What I like is that our soldiers love it,” Khodak added, for the 105 Ukrainian soldiers who were trained by Polish, Canadian and Norwegian instructors.
Germany had recently given the green light to send modern German-made tanks to Ukraine, following campaigns by Ukraine and other countries. Last week, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that Germany and its allies aim to deliver the first tank battalion by April, with the others coming this year and next year.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who attended the training in Swietoszow, saluted the Ukrainian troops who have been fighting against the war between Ukraine and Russia for the past year. Duda: “These are very experienced tank drivers; they came here directly from the front in Ukraine. Even by looking at their faces you can see that these men have been through terrible things, but they are absolutely determined to defend their homeland.”
“They train for about 10 to 12 hours a day, Monday through Saturday,” Polish trainer Krzysztof Sieradzki told reporters, adding that 21 four-person teams are currently taking part in the training. When technical personnel are added to these, a total of 105 soldiers are introduced to tanks supplied by Poland and Canada.