Ivaylo Mirchev, member of the Bulgarian National Assembly, suggested that Bulgaria use this moment to modernize its military. Instead of sending modern Western tanks to Ukraine, they must be sent to Bulgaria, and in return, Bulgaria gave Ukrainians Soviet weapons, which they regularly used for fighting.
Despite its weaker effectiveness compared to the western one. Such an approach can be part of the solution to realize an ambitious program for the modernization of the Bulgarian army.
He noted that Ukraine had received more than 4,000 armoured vehicles, artillery, aircraft and other weapon systems. This includes 410 Soviet tanks donated by Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, 300 BMPs, 1100 armoured carriers, and 1540 armoured machines.
925 mine-resistant ambush protection (MRAP), 300 howitzers, over 400 self-propelled cannons, 18 aircraft, 34 helicopters, 95 multi-purpose missile launchers and at least 415 unmanned aircraft.
Mirchev informed that war in Ukraine would likely enter a new stage with the expected spring offensive and mass mobilization of the Russian army. While Putin is throwing prisoners like tobacco on the front, Ukraine’s allies are already preparing deliveries of heavy weaponry for Kyiv.
The demanding list also includes modern Western tanks. Commander-in-Chief of the Military Forces of Ukraine, Zaluzhniy, demanded from the allies 300 tanks, 700 infantry fighting machines and 500 howabies so that Kyiv could once and for all push the occupiers of its territory.
Mirchev highlighted that a month ago, Parliament accepted the proposal of Democratic Bulgaria to provide military assistance to Ukraine without the government hiding from conjunctive considerations.
Bulgaria’s national interest demands the war end with Putin and his troops from the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine. He explains that it depends on Bulgarian administration how they can improve the country’s defence capabilities and prove that Bulgaria is a reliable international partner capable of taking responsibility for its own and collective security.