BUCHAREST, Romania – The Czech Republic has sent T-72 tanks and BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, A Czech defence source told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming a local media report.
Public broadcaster Czech Television initially reported the shipment, showing footage on Twitter of a train loaded with five tanks and five fighting vehicles. It said the shipment was a gift agreed with NATO allies.
The broadcaster said the information was confirmed by the head of the Czech lower house’s European Affairs Committee Ondrej Benesik, who told Reuters he received information from his Christian Democrat Party’s expert on defence.
The source, from the Czech defence community, also confirmed that the tanks and fighting vehicles has been sent but declined to give any further details, citing security concerns.
Defence Minister Jana Cernochova told parliament she would not confirm or deny details of Czech aid to Ukraine.
‘I will only assure you that the Czech Republic … is helping Ukraine as much as it can and will continue to help by (supplying) military equipment, both light and heavy’, Cernochova said.
A spokesperson for the Defence Ministry said the Czech Republic has sent military aid worth nearly 1 billion crowns ($45million) to Ukraine since the beginning of the war on Feb. 24 but declined to give any further details.