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Not a ‘magic bullet’: army specialists weigh in on how western tanks might assist Ukraine’s defence


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As Russia’s struggle in Ukraine rages on, the main target is more and more on the necessity to present Kyiv with Western tanks.

Whereas 1000’s of armoured autos have been destroyed on each side, Ukraine overwhelmingly makes use of older Soviet-era tanks to face off in opposition to Moscow’s offensive and is step by step operating out of them.

Kyiv sees tanks as important to breaking by Russian traces and beating an anticipated counter-offensive within the 11-month-old battle. However even if tanks can play an important function, analysts have instructed Euronews they won’t be the game-changer one may count on.

“It isn’t the magic bullet. It isn’t one thing that may drastically change the course of the struggle,”  Johannes Anderson from the Swedish Defence Analysis Company mentioned.

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“Additionally, on a tactical degree, they’re completely depending on close-range assist by infantry combating autos.”

Germany’s Leopards 2s are operational in most European armies and continental NATO forces, which makes provides available and the tanks simpler to restore. 

A battle tank is a fascinating addition to a battalion composed of lighter tanks just like the French AMX-10 RC, and the US Bradley infantry assist car, each of that are to be delivered to Ukraine.

However Western analysts and Ukrainian military specialists have mentioned the qualities and shortcomings of Russia’s most up-to-date tanks are nonetheless not recognized.

“There isn’t any purpose to imagine that the Western tanks will likely be far superior to the Russian tanks,” Andersen added.

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“They could be good at various things. So it is also a matter of context and the way you deploy them.”

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In accordance with army specialists, to make a distinction on the battlefield, the Ukrainian military would wish greater than 500 tanks.

For extra watch Euronews’ report within the video above.


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