Slovakia offers to repair Ukrainian military equipment

The Ukrainians have been offered the use of the repair capacities in state enterprises owned by the defence ministry. Unlike the donated S-300 system, Kyiv would pay for such a service. [Shutterstock/specnaz]

Slovakia has offered to repair Ukrainian military vehicles in a factory in Moldava Nad Bodvou, near the Ukrainian borders, defence minister Jaroslav Naď (OĽaNO) announced.

“If they are interested in having damaged equipment repaired in our repair facilities, we are ready for that. It even looks very likely,” Naď said.

Slovakia will continue to provide military aid to Ukraine after the sale of the S-300 air defence system.

The Ukrainians have been offered the use of the repair capacities in state enterprises owned by the defence ministry. Unlike the donated S-300 system, Kyiv would pay for such a service.

“It would be a commercial cooperation,” Martina Kovaľ Kakaščíková, the ministry’s spokeswoman, said.

Repairs would occur in the factory owned by Konštrukta Defence in Moldava nad Bodvou.

“Today, we are repairing equipment mainly for our armed forces, but we could increase the capacity if necessary. We have already offered this to the Ukrainian side,” says Alexander Gurský, the director of the state-owned company.

The repairs would not have only to be caused by the combat but could also be standard servicing and maintenance of the engines, chassis, guns or communication systems, Gurský added.

Repair of the military equipment is not the only aid Slovakia could offer. According to rumours, Slovakia could send Ukraine Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets, although Naď rejected this for now. Another weapon Slovakia is negotiating about is the self-propelled Howitzer Zuzana.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Subscribe