Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday that Greece had started transferring BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – October 19, 2022) Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday that Greece has started transferring BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.
“It is very important that the long-awaited shipment of BMP-1 armored infantry vehicles from Greece to Ukraine has already begun. Soon they will arrive in our army and instantly strengthen the combat and defense capability of our country “, Kuleba said in a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.
In May, the Greek Defense Ministry said Athens would supply Ukraine with Russian-made BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles in exchange for German Marders. Initially, the deal would have included around 122 units of BMP-1s.
However, in June Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Athens would deliver a “relatively small” amount of armored military equipment. On September 16, the Greek Ministry of Defense announced that Greece would send 40 BMP-1 armored infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine, receiving the same number of German armored vehicles in return.
Greek media criticized the swap deal, noting that Germany would supply Greece with old, abandoned armored vehicles without ammunition, instead of fully equipped Russian-made BMP-1s. Germany reportedly offered almost unarmed Marders of the same age as the BMP-1s, the production of which has long stopped, and there is not enough ammunition for them.