Jan 14, 2023. Just now.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has confirmed that Britain will send Ukraine some battle tanks along with additional weapons during a phone call today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
A squadron of 14 tanks will go into the country in the coming weeks, with four Challenger 2 tanks likely to be sent immediately.
The Challenger 2 is a battle tank designed to attack other tanks, and has been in service with the British Army since 1994. It has been deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq, according to the army.
Mr Zelensky welcomed the UK’s decision to provide tanks, saying it would “send the right signal” as Kyiv has been pressing allies for more heavy weapons.
The UK will also provide additional artillery systems, a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement.
“The prime minister and President Zelensky welcomed other international commitments in this vein, including Poland’s offer to provide a company of Leopard tanks,” they added.
The deal will mount pressure on Germany to give other European nations permission to export Leopards, without which it would be illegal. Germany will make a decision on sending Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine next week.