NATO repair and logistics center to open in Poland: what is known
NATO plans to build a repair and logistics center in the Polish city of Rzeszów. Because of its strategic location, it will be an important transportation hub to help Ukraine, which is fighting a full-scale invasion by Russia.
This was reported by The Globe and Mail on Friday, July 28, citing Canadian and Polish officials. As noted, the hub will be located less than 100 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
Earlier, Mayor Konrad Fijolek said that the Alliance plans to establish a new base in Rzeszów and that "American, British and Canadian troops will be permanently stationed here." At the time, he did not disclose details about when the facility would be opened.
At the same time, Canadian and Polish officials anonymously told the publication that there is a plan to build a new NATO facility in Rzeszów. They said it would be "more of a repair and logistics center than a large-scale military base."
"We are going to create a service center in partnership with the US and the UK. We have no intention of having a large presence in Canada," the Canadian official said, adding that the main role of the facility would be to repair Ukrainian tanks and other armored vehicles.
NATO's press office in Brussels responded to the publication's request that the bloc is "significantly strengthening deterrence and defense for all Alliance members, increasing resilience to Russian coercion and supporting partners in countering malicious interference and aggression."
The importance of Rzeszow, located about 100 kilometers near the border with Ukraine, has grown significantly since Russia's full-scale invasion. There are 1,700 U.S. military personnel stationed near the local airport and the airport itself has become a logistical center for the delivery of Western equipment to Ukraine.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the German company Rheinmetall plans to open a repair center for Leopard tanks and other military equipment supplied by Germany to Ukraine at the end of summer. Ukrainians are already being trained in the relevant repair work on the territory of the FRG.