Macedonia comes to Ukraine’s aid, donates Soviet-era tanks
North Macedonia plans to donate an unspecified number of Soviet-era tanks to Ukraine as it seeks to modernize its army to meet NATO standards, its defense ministry said on Friday.
In a statement, the ministry said Ukraine will receive tanks belonging to the Western Balkan country’s tank battalion, which is in the process of being upgraded, reports Reuters.
“Taking into account this situation and the requirements of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the government has decided that a certain amount of these capacities will be donated to Ukraine, in accordance with its needs”the statement said.
The ministry did not specify the number of tanks, but said they belonged to the so-called third generation of main battle tanks from the 1970s and 1980s, which have composite armor and computer-stabilized fire control systems.
North Macedonia, a former Yugoslav republic, is a member of NATO and a candidate to join the European Union.
It, like other Western countries, has already donated military equipment to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February.