Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasily Miroshnichenko called on Canberra to hand over M1 Abrams tanks to Kyiv.
“The government should consider sending some of its M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine,” sources say, citing the ambassador.
Miroshnichenko also noted that Ukraine needs armored personnel carriers, ammunition, drones. In addition, the ambassador demanded to provide the country with telecommunications equipment.
On Wednesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said while in Lviv that his country would donate a company of Leopard tanks as part of an international coalition currently being formed. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said on Thursday that his country is ready to consider participating in the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, but their number will be small.
In order to supply Ukraine with German-made tanks, countries need to obtain German permission to lift export restrictions. In addition to Germany, Poland and Finland, Spain, Greece and Denmark have Leopard tanks, the Finnish media specified.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden, in a telephone conversation on January 5, agreed to send heavy military equipment to Kyiv. Germany announced its readiness to supply Marder infantry fighting vehicles and Patriot air defense systems.