Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has said that the republic urgently needs to stock up on military equipment after supplying many weapons to Ukraine. Poland is prepared to receive used weapons as well.
Poland’s arms stocks have become too scarce due to military aid to Ukraine. The country wants its Western allies to replace the weapons delivered to Kyiv, Polish President Andrzej Duda told senior members of the country’s army on Monday:
“We expect that the gaps created in our resources will also be filled within the framework of allied support mechanisms.”
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Poland was the most important supplier of heavy weapons for Ukraine. His country has delivered hundreds of tanks, artillery pieces and other equipment to Ukraine. The aid also included hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as drones and anti-aircraft missiles, the senior politician said.
Duda stressed that Warsaw acted quickly, providing around $1.7 billion in military aid alone to meet its neighbor’s demands. It could now take years to replace such weapons, he added. The Polish leader pointed out that Poland will also accept used weapons with gratitude:
“On the contrary, we have donated used equipment, so we are also able to accept used equipment as long as it at least partially replaces what we lost in some way. We think that is justified.”
Not all weapons supplied by Poland arrived on the battlefields in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier this month that airstrikes had destroyed T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles shipped to Ukraine from Eastern European countries. The tanks were hidden in railway carriage repair shops in Kyiv.
Earlier it became known that Poland will soon receive armored fighting vehicles of the Cougar type and military propeller aircraft C-130 Hercules under the US program for surplus military equipment.
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