The UK government will supply Ukraine with Challenger 2 battle tanks, which are the main “heavy” battle tanks in the British Army. This was announced by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday morning during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and a British government spokesman confirmed the news shortly after. Not much is known yet about when the tanks will be sent and how many tanks will arrive in Ukraine: BBCadvisory sources within the government, he wrote Which must be a dozen. This is the first time that a Western government has supplied battle tanks from mainland Ukraine. A few days ago, Poland and Lithuania offered to send German-made Leopard tanks, but there is still some uncertainty about when and how the leaders of the two countries asked to send the tanks as part of an alliance effort between the various nations.
Earlier this year France, Germany and the United States announced send of light tanks (o Armored vehicles, according to the technical definition) and are much smaller, less powerful, and slower than battle tanks such as the Challenger. The British announcement could increase pressure on other countries, such as Germany, which has been reluctant for months to send heavy equipment to Ukraine for fear of provoking Russia too much.
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