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Britain to supply Kyiv with 14 tanks and more artillery

15.01.2023 10:30
The United Kingdom will send 14 Challenger 2 tanks and around 30 self-propelled guns to Ukraine, the British Prime Minister's office said in a statement.
An AS90 self-propelled gun.
An AS90 self-propelled gun.Photo: Simon from United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The decision to deploy further support to Ukraine was made "in a bid to push Russia further back and secure a lasting peace" as Moscow has been struggling with "resupply issues and plummeting morale," according to the statement.

"A squadron of 14 tanks will go into the country [Ukraine ed.] in the coming weeks," while "around 30 AS90s, which are large, self-propelled guns, operated by five gunners, are expected to follow," the British Prime Minister's office said.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "As the people of Ukraine approach their second year living under relentless Russian bombardment, the Prime Minister is dedicated to ensuring Ukraine wins this war."

Also, the Prime Minister's Office said that the British will soon begin training Ukrainian troops so that they can operate the equipment.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak outlined Britain's ambition to send battle tanks to Ukraine along with additional artillery support during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday.


Source: IAR, gov.uk