Czech companies to repair damaged Ukrainian tanks

PRAGUE, April 19 (Reuters) – Czech defense companies will repair Ukrainian tanks and other military vehicles that have been damaged in fighting or need servicing after long-term storage, the Czech Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Czech Republic has been among the most active countries in supporting the Ukrainian military with donations and sales of weapons and ammunition, including shipments of Soviet-era tanks, multiple rocket launchers, howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles and anti-aircraft weapons. read more

“Small faults or fighting damage will be repaired by the Ukrainian army’s and Ukrainian defense industry’s own efforts,” the ministry said.

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“Czech assistance will utilize the capacities of Czech defense industry companies for more extensive works, including overhauls and bringing equipment in long-term storage to service.”

The first contract will include repairs of an unspecified number of Soviet-era T-64 tanks, it said.

It said the T-64 tanks would be repaired at privately held arms trading and production firm CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP, which is also one of the sources of equipment sent to Ukraine.

The repairs will be done at Czech firms’ facilities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the ministry said.

Ukraine has repeatedly called on the West to supply heavy equipment and ammunition to help it resist the Russia assault.

Russia attacked Ukraine in February in what it calls a special operation to demilitarize the country.

Western countries and Ukraine accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.

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Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Alison Williams

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