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Ukraine has already received more than 500 battle tanks and armoured self-popelled artillery pieces

More than four and a half months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started a bloody war in Eastern Europe, Kiev continues to demand more military equipment from the West to resist Moscow, and even to try to regain lost territory, particularly in the south of the country. For the time being, some twenty countries have already sent, or have promised to supply, heavy weapons to the Kiev authorities.

This inventory includes around 300 tanks and at least 230 pieces of self-propelled artillery, including 150 howitzers and cannons (mainly 155 mm, but also 122 mm caliber), and includes at least 72 anti-aircraft artillery systems on chains and half a dozen multiple rocket launchers, also on tracks.

The following paragraphs provide, by country, the complete inventory of this material that has transcended so far, and which is permanently updated by the defense intelligence analysis portal Oryxspioenkop. Some deliveries are made on a confidential basis, so the actual list must be larger than the one given here, which only contemplates a minimum scenario.

Germany has committed to supply Ukraine with a dozen 155mm PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, as announced in April. These parts began to be supplied in June, after training of Ukrainian operators had been completed in May. Berlin has also agreed to ship three 227-mm M270 MARS MLRS multiple rocket launchers later this year, and 30 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems.

Belgium, although in this case the private company OIP Land Systems, which previously purchased 64 M109A4BE self-propelled howitzers from the Belgian Army, is the one that has sold at least a score of these systems for Ukraine.

The Czech Republic agreed in April to supply 40 T-72M1 battle tanks and subsequently purchased an unknown number of units of the same model from Bulgaria for shipment to Ukraine as well. The Czech Republic also agreed to ship an undisclosed number of 122mm 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery pieces and half a dozen 9K35 Strela-10M surface-to-air missile systems.

Norway has sent since May at least 20 pieces of 155 mm M109A3GN self-propelled artillery.

The Netherlands announced in April the supply of a total of eight 155mm PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery pieces, which began arriving in June, after the corresponding training of local troops was completed in May.

Poland has shipped since April at least 230 T-72M and T-72M1 battle tanks plus at least twenty 122mm 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery pieces and 72 155mm AHS Krab self-propelled howitzers, of which 18 have been donated and 54 procured, and are also delivered together with LPG command vehicles.

The UK has supplied three M270B1 MLRS, which is an upgraded version (particularly the armor) for the British Army of the same model of which Germany has also committed to send three units. It also agreed in April to send five Stormer HVM anti-aircraft systems.

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