Poland has delivered two brigades’ worth of tanks to war-torn Ukraine, according to public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Poland has supported its eastern neighbour with PLN 7 billion (EUR 1.5 billion) in military aid, President Andrzej Duda confirmed earlier this week.
This figure includes more than 200 T-72 tanks, dozens of infantry fighting vehicles and the 2S1 Carnation self-propelled howitzers, the IAR news agency reported on Friday.
Poland has also supplied other military hardware, from drones to the Grad multiple rocket launchers and the Piorun (Thunderbolt) man-portable air-defence systems, according to IAR.
The Ukrainian army has already had success in using the Piorun systems to shoot down Russian helicopters, according to unconfirmed media reports.
Poland sends over 200 tanks to Ukraine
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday said that his country had delivered tanks to its eastern neighbour.
He did not give any further details at the time.
Government sources told IAR that the machines in question are the T-72 Soviet/Russian battle tanks. Poland has shipped more than 200 of them, or “two brigades’ worth,” to Ukraine, reporters were told.
The news comes after US President Joe Biden on Thursday asked lawmakers to authorise an additional USD 33 billion in military, economic and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine fend off Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
Friday is day 65 of Russia’s war on Ukraine. (pm/gs) Source: IAR, onet.pl, Reuters
Click on the audio player above for a report by Radio Poland’s Michał Owczarek.
Polish president joins March of the Living, denounces Russia’s war on Ukraine
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Thursday denounced Russia’s war against Ukraine as he attended the annual March of the Living at the site of the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp together with Holocaust survivors and around 2,000 people from more than a dozen countries.
Continuing the tradition from previous years, the marchers walked the three-kilometre route from Auschwitz’s infamous “Arbeit macht frei” (Work Sets You Free) gate to the crematoria of the nearby Birkenau site to pay tribute to Jews and others who were murdered by the German Nazis during World War II.
This year’s march took place after a two–year break caused by the COVID–19 pandemic. It was held in the shadow of Russia’s war on neighbouring Ukraine.
In a speech during the event, Duda paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and also spoke about Russia’s two-month-old invasion of Ukraine and the suffering of the Ukrainian people.
-“We come here to show that while during World War II, Nazi Germany managed to wipe my country off the map, wipe it out and murder Poles, including Polish Jews, we will never again allow something like this to happen,” Duda said.
“We are also here to show that there is absolutely no consent to the attempt to take freedom and kill the Ukrainian people with impunity, as is happening today in the occupied territories of Ukraine,” he added.
“We are here to show that every nation has a sacred right to life, has a sacred right to cultivate its traditions, has a sacred right to develop,” Duda also said.
He told the gathering: “Those who murder people and break international law must be held accountable. No more war, no more Holocaust.”
Duda also said in his speech that the crime of the Holocaust decades ago “was born out of hatred.”
He added: “We shout loudly: no to hatred, no to anti-Semitism, no to anti-Ukrainianism, no to anti-Polonism.” Those gathered observed a minute’s silence for the victims of the war in Ukraine.
The March of the Living is an annual Holocaust education project, first held in 1988, that sees thousands of Jewish students from all over the world flock to southern Poland “to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred,” according to organisers.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau camp operated in German-occupied southern Poland between May 1940 and January 1945. It was the largest of the German Nazi concentration and death camps during World War II.
More than 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, as well as Poles, Roma, Soviet POWs and people of many other nationalities, perished there before the camp was liberated on January 27, 1945. (gs) Source: IAR, PAP, AP, prezydent.pl
Yesterday, all night long, rushists dropped multi-ton air bombs on the military field hospital located on Azovstal in Mariupol. Some premises, particularly the operating room, collapsed, reports the Azov Regiment defending the city since the beginning of the war.
“This video was filmed immediately after the shelling. The footage shows how they dig out from under the rubble, dig out the dead soldiers who were in the hospital with serious injuries, and how they provide first aid to new victims,” the report says.
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