The Ukrainian 4th Tank Brigade Was Running Out Of Tanks. Then It Got Leopard 2s.

It appears the 4th Tank Brigade will be the first Ukrainian army unit to operate those Leopard 2 tanks Kyiv’s allies have pledged to the war effort. The battle-weary unit’s new tanks could save it from a slow collapse.

One big clue is the presence of a 4th Tank Brigade officer, Maj. Vadim Khodak, at the training range in Poland where Ukrainian officers are learning to operate the four-person, 69-ton tank with its tough armor, precise optics and powerful 120-millimeter smoothbore gun.

“The vehicle is of high quality, very good,” Khodak said of the German-designed Leopard 2. “What I like is that our soldiers like it very much.”

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