Western deliveries of heavy weapons to Ukraine have already begun, Andriy Yermak, head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said on January 13 on the air of the French television channel BFMTV.
“I cannot reveal all the details to you, but I can tell you that in fact we have already begun to receive such weapons from our European partners. I am convinced that these deliveries will continue,” Yermak said.
On January 12, the Ukrainian ambassador in London, Vadim Prystaiko, asked the Western allies for thousands of tanks, emphasizing that Kyiv would like to receive such equipment. In particular, it was about the British Challenger, American Abrams and German Leopard.
On the same day, The National Interest magazine experts said that the supply of armored vehicles from three NATO countries – the United States, Germany and France – could bring additional problems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) with logistics, maintenance and training of soldiers.
On January 11, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that Warsaw intended to transfer a company of Leopard tanks to Kyiv. Duda did not name the exact amount of military equipment. However, it is known that there are 14 tanks in a tank company in NATO countries.
Prior to this, on January 8, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that he did not exclude the supply of Leopard tanks to Ukraine. He noted that the German government will closely follow the discussion that is currently underway in the country on this issue and coordinate its actions with partners.
On January 4, French President Emmanuel Macron, during a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky, promised to supply Kyiv with AMX-10RC wheeled tanks.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Ukraine against the backdrop of a Russian special operation to protect Donbass. The decision to hold it was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces.
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