Slovakia to repair Russian tanks for Ukrainian army and offer Zuzana self-propelled howitzers
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According to Slovak Spectator, seized Russian tanks and military vehicles along with damaged Ukrainian military technology might end up at repair companies in Slovakia. As a result, the military aid provided to Ukraine might not be limited to the supplies of fuels, ammunition, air defense and anti-tank missiles.
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Disabled Russian tank abandoned by its crew near Mariupol (Picture source: The Odesa Journal)
Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď (OĽaNO) has confirmed the claims of the US daily Wall Street Journal that Slovakia and the Czech Republic are negotiating a potential service of damaged military technology with Ukraine, Slovak Spectator reports. “It will most probably happen,” he added.
At the same time, Slovakia might offer heavy military equipment to Ukraine, not tanks or armored vehicles but the Zuzana 155mm self-propelled howitzers that have been gradually replaced by the Zuzana 2, a modernized version of this SPH.
It is really worth underlining that, as Army Recognition published, the Czech Republic has become the first NATO country to deliver tanks (M-72) to Ukraine: even though the Czech Defence Ministry has not confirmed the claim, pictures have been published, depicting T-72 tanks and BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles loaded on the wagons in the town of Jihlava, and heading to Ukraine. At least one Czech coalition MP has confirmed it is a Czech delivery, and another one has thanked the Czech government for this step on social networks, Slovak Spectator reports.
The Slovak Republic could offer its aging Zuzana 155mm self-propelled howitzers to the Ukrainian army (Picture source: Army Recognition)