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Ukraine’s best tank platoon will take part in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 on May 7-12 at the Grafenwoehr training area in Germany, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has reported.

The competition is to include tank platoons from four NATO member states – Germany, the United States, Poland, and France, and two alliance partner nations – Austria and Ukraine.

During the challenge, the countries will compete in tank handling in both defensive and attacking combat simulations. The tankmen will demonstrate their skills in battle damage assessment, precision maneuvering, requesting supporting fire and combat tactics, the ministry reported.

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The U.S, and Germany will be using their most advanced, post-Cold war, tanks. Ukrainians will be using Soviet-era tanks, with undisclosed "modernization". Unless there are some really wondrous advances incorporated into those dinosaurs of four decades ago, it seems to me that the Ukrainian team will be competing with one hand tied behind its back.

Wouldn't it be a hoot if Ukrainians won in some of those match-ups?

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