Ramstein-22: Ukraine to Receive Leopard Tanks, YPR BMPs, and Air Defense Missiles

by Roman Cheplyk
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Ramstein-22: Ukraine to Receive Leopard Tanks, YPR BMPs, and Air Defense Missiles

During the 22nd meeting of the Contact Group on Defense of Ukraine (“Ramstein format”), held online on May 20, several nations announced new military aid packages for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

Spain, the Netherlands, and Germany are among the countries providing critical support.

Spain to Send Leopard Tanks and Patriot Missiles

Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles announced that Spain will send Leopard 2A4 tanks to Ukraine by the end of June. Last year, Spain provided 10 such tanks, and this year it has promised an additional 19. The first batch of 10 tanks is expected by the end of June, with the second batch arriving in September.

Spain's new aid package also includes Patriot anti-aircraft missiles, 155 mm artillery ammunition, and anti-drone systems.

The Netherlands to Provide YPR Infantry Fighting Vehicles

The Netherlands' Defense Minister, Kaisa Ollongren, revealed that her country will transfer a batch of YPR infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Ukraine. These IFVs, equipped with remote weapon control stations, are crucial for maneuvering, troop transport, and performing reconnaissance, offensive, and defensive operations.

Although the exact number and types of these vehicles were not disclosed, the delivery is expected "in the near future." Ukraine has previously received 207 YPR BMPs of various types from the Netherlands.

Germany’s Initiative to Strengthen Ukraine’s Air Defense

The German Ministry of Defense reported progress on its initiative to bolster Ukraine's air defense. Several countries have committed to supporting this initiative:

  • Financial Support: Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Canada.
  • Equipment and Missiles: The USA, UK, France, Spain, Lithuania, Belgium, and Romania.
  • Additional Support: Latvia has also expressed interest in joining the initiative.

These contributions aim to enhance Ukraine's air defense capabilities significantly, providing a robust shield against aerial threats.


The latest Ramstein meeting has resulted in substantial new military aid commitments to Ukraine. Spain will provide Leopard tanks and Patriot missiles, the Netherlands will send YPR infantry fighting vehicles, and Germany is spearheading a multinational effort to strengthen Ukraine's air defense. These contributions are pivotal in supporting Ukraine's defense against ongoing aggression.

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