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Other countries may follow Poland“s example on tanks, says Ukraine“s Zelenskiy

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomes Poland’s President Andrzej Duda as Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda looks on, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine January 11, 2023. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

The support offered to Ukraine by Poland and Lithuania may mean that other countries will follow their example, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday, after Poland’s president said Warsaw would give Kyiv Leopard tanks.

“Poland and Lithuania can strategically start steps concerning obtaining (Leopard) tanks for Ukraine,” Zelenskiy told Polish state-run broadcaster TVP Info. “Somebody always has to set an example… this step may help us in that other countries will follow in the footsteps of Poland and Lithuania.”

Zelenskiy spoke a day after a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. Duda said that Poland would transfer Leopard tanks to Ukraine, while Nauseda said Lithuania would supply anti-aircraft weapons and ammunition.

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