First batch of Leopard 2 tanks handed over to Ukraine

The first batch of German-made Leopard 2 tanks has been handed over to Ukraine.

Poland delivered four Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine on Friday, exactly one year after the start of Russia's invasion of its neighbor.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made the announcement during his visit to Kyiv.

His Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal posted a photo of him and Morawiecki shaking hands in front of the tanks on Twitter.

He wrote, "We are grateful to Poland for the decisive steps that bring Ukraine closer to victory." He went on to say, "We are waiting for the expansion of the tank coalition."

Germany announced on the same day that it will provide four more Leopard 2 tanks, in addition to the 14 it pledged last month.

Germany has been aiming to deliver two tank battalions, each comprising 31 units, to Ukraine by calling on other European countries to cooperate.

Germany now says with the latest addition, it can deliver a total of 31 tanks or one battalion, together with Sweden and Portugal.