BRDM2 APC, MAZ537 tank transporter and BMP-1 IFV had been imported from Ukraine (photo : KI media)
Tank talk at a time of mourning
Defence Minister Tea Banh confirmed yesterday at an event at the Ministry of Defence marking today’s 59th anniversary of
Cambodia’s independence from France that last month’s shipment of tanks and
armoured personnel carriers had come from . Ukraine
“I think 100 to 200 tanks is not that many,” he said to reporters, noting that, nonetheless, “We have full capacity for military operations to protect our territorial sovereignty.
“But for this year’s celebration, we were sad and full of sorrow, grieving the passing of our King Father, Norodom Sihanouk.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen told 1,000 graduates at the National Institute of Education that today’s ceremony would honour the King Father’s memory.
“It is Independence Day, and also a commemoration day,” the premier said.
But Information Minister Khieu Kanharith could not confirm whether King Sihamoni would lay a wreath and light a torch inside the
as he usually does. Independence Monument