Czech companies will repair damaged Ukrainian tanks
Czech defense companies will repair Ukrainian tanks and other military vehicles that were damaged in combat or need repair after long-term storage, the Czech Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday. The Czech Republic has been one of the most active countries in supporting the Ukrainian military through donations and sales of arms and ammunition, including deliveries of Soviet-era tanks, multiple rocket launchers , howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles and anti-aircraft weapons.
“Small defects or battle damage will be repaired by the Ukrainian military and Ukrainian defense industry’s own efforts,” the ministry said. “Czech assistance will use the capabilities of Czech defense industry companies for larger works, including overhauls and commissioning of long-term stored equipment.”
The first contract will include the repair of an unknown number of Soviet-era T-64 tanks, he said. He said that the T-64 tanks will be repaired in the private arms trading and production company CZECOSLOVAK GROUP, which is also one of the sources of equipment sent to Ukraine.
Repairs will be carried out at facilities of Czech companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the ministry said. Ukraine has repeatedly asked the West to provide heavy equipment and ammunition to help it resist the Russian onslaught.
Russia attacked Ukraine in February in what it calls a special operation to demilitarize the country. Western countries and Ukraine accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.
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