Following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s continued calls for weaponry and ammunition, countries like the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, and Australia heed the Ukrainian President’s call. These countries are sending Pbv-501s and Bushmaster armored vehicles to Ukraine. T-72 tanks may follow if talks brokered by the US are successful.

On March 26th, Zelensky had renewed his calls for aircraft and tanks from NATO, saying that he was requesting just “1 percent” of NATO’s tanks and aircraft. Zelensky stated that he did not ask for more and that they had been waiting for 31 days, implying that European leaders were falling short of supporting them with weapons.

“We don’t want a million of quality bulletproof vests or some special brand helmets. Give me something to defend my country with, my state,” Zelenksy boldly said on Fox News.

This was reminiscent of his calls during his speech to NATO on March 24th, where he requested 1% of all NATO’s planes and tanks.

“Ukraine asked for your planes so that we do not lose so many people. And you have thousands of fighter jets! But we haven’t been given any yet,” Zelensky said. “You have at least 20,000 tanks! Ukraine asked for a percent—one percent—of all your tanks to be given or sold to us! But we do not have a clear answer,” the President said.

It can be remembered that NATO members were initially hesitant to supply Ukraine with heavy offensive weapons, as seen with the failed deal between Poland and the United States to donate MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. Here, Poland was willing to donate the planes to the US by delivering them to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and the US would handle its delivery to Ukraine. In exchange, the US government would supply Poland with aircraft of “corresponding operational capabilities” through a purchase deal. However, the United States rejected this deal citing logistical concerns of NATO getting dragged potentially into the conflict.

The West is seemingly veering away from this cautionary stance. It is now opting to supply Ukraine with offensive weaponry, with Germany’s most notable change in stance.

Germany has announced that it has approved the transfer of 56 Pbv-501 infantry fighting vehicles (originally BMP-1s) to Ukraine. These Pbv-501s are upgraded versions of formerly East German BMP-1s, which were acquired by a Czech company (rumored to be the Excalibur Army) from Sweden.