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UK PM confirms sending tanks to Ukraine — RT World News


Rishi Sunak promised British-made armor and “additional artillery systems” to kyiv

Britain will supply kyiv with Challenger 2 tanks, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised in a phone call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Saturday. The move will make the UK the first country to ship Western-built tanks to Ukraine.

According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office following the call, Sunak and Zelensky agreed “on the need to seize this moment with an acceleration of global military and diplomatic support for Ukraine.”

The British Prime Minister has made it clear that London will provide kyiv “Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems.” The two leaders also welcomed “commitments in this direction” made by other European nations, such as Poland.

On Friday, The Guardian, citing Ukrainian sources, reported that 10 Downing Street was preparing to publish an official announcement on Monday of its intention to deliver tanks.

According to the sources quoted by the newspaper, the number of units that the United Kingdom would be ready to donate – only ten – would probably not have much impact on the dynamics of the battlefield. The move, however, would likely help Germany allow its European allies to export their stockpiles of Leopard tanks to Ukraine, the newspaper claimed at the time.

Poland and Finland signaled earlier this week that they were ready to send the equipment if Berlin gave the green light, and if they would not be able to take the plunge on their own. Germany, however, has so far not allowed the tanks to be re-exported.

On Friday, a deputy German government spokeswoman, Christiane Hoffmann, warned that the delivery of Leopards to Ukraine without permission from Berlin “would be illegal”. The official said he was confident that European tank operators would abide by these rules.

Russia, meanwhile, has repeatedly warned Western countries against sending arms to Ukraine, arguing that this would only prolong the conflict.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on continued arms deliveries, accused NATO and the United States of “definitely participate in this conflict, albeit indirectly, by proxy.”

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