VILNIUS (Agencies): The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has successfully restored Leopard 2 tanks damaged on the frontlines and is ready to send them back to Ukraine, according to an announcement on X (formerly known as Twitter). The repaired tanks, showcased at the Lithuanian Army’s training ground in Gaiži?nai, are expected to be transferred to Ukraine next month.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas, riding atop one of the repaired tanks, expressed strong support for Ukraine, emphasizing Lithuania’s commitment to aiding in the conflict. The exact number of repaired tanks was not disclosed, but visual evidence suggests at least two Leopard tanks underwent restoration in Lithuania.

The tank repairs are managed by Little Defense Services (LDS), a joint venture established by European military equipment manufacturers Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. LDS began repair operations in October, with the work scheduled to continue until the end of the following year.

Sebastian Dietz, CEO of Lithuania Defense Services, highlighted Lithuania’s unique role as the sole European nation designated for the repair of Leopard 2 A6 and A5 tanks. The company expressed readiness to handle additional tanks, citing diverse combat-related damages such as direct hits, mines, drone attacks, and water-related challenges.

This initiative follows Poland’s efforts in repairing German-made Leopard battle tanks deployed in Ukraine, reinforcing a collaborative approach to supporting Ukraine in the conflict. Lithuania has also facilitated the repair and return of the PzH 2000 Self-Propelled Howitzer to Ukraine, actively involved in combat operations.

In a gesture of solidarity, Lithuania contributed €1 million to the Ukraine Solidarity Fund managed by the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). This financial support aims to aid Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts and improve living conditions in the war-torn region.

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