Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas highlighted Lithuania’s consistent support for Ukraine’s fight for independence. “Not only does Lithuania send military aid, but we also help in repairing these essential Leopard tanks. Today, we witness the revitalization of these powerful machines, soon to be returned to Ukraine,” Anušauskas stated.
The repair work is carried out by Lithuania Defence Services (LDS), a joint venture established in Lithuania in 2022 by major European defence manufacturers Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann from Germany. This enterprise focuses on the maintenance and repair of combat vehicles used by NATO allies deployed in the Baltic Sea region.
LDS’s repair workshops, located in Jonava, have been actively repairing damaged Leopard 2 tanks brought from the battlefields of Ukraine since October this year.
Lithuania has previously organized the repair and return of self-propelled howitzers PzH2000, which had been deployed in combat in Ukraine, demonstrating the country’s commitment to forming military support packages for Ukraine based on its most pressing needs and priorities.
This initiative is a testament to Lithuania’s commitment to support Ukraine and contribute to the strengthening of its military capabilities, underscoring the importance of international collaboration in addressing the ongoing conflict.