Britain’s Defence Secretary has urged Germany to supply Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine after he confirmed the UK would supply a few of its personal heavy armour to Kyiv – changing into the primary western nation to take action.
Talking within the Home of Commons on Monday, Ben Wallace confirmed that the UK would supply 14 Challenger 2 tanks as a part of a wider bundle of army assist.
“After discussions with the US and our European allies, it’s hoped that the instance set by the French and us will permit these nations holding Leopard tanks to donate as nicely,” he mentioned.
“I’d urge my German colleagues to try this. These tanks are usually not offensive when they’re used for defensive strategies.”
That is regardless of warnings from the Kremlin that “British tanks will burn”, ought to the UK see the pledge by.
Moscow mentioned that supplying a brand new spherical of extra superior weapons to Ukraine wouldn’t change the end result of the battle.
“They’re utilizing this nation [Ukraine] as a instrument to attain their anti-Russian targets,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned.
“These tanks are burning and can burn identical to the remaining.”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the UK for its assist and urged allies to face with Ukraine in defence of freedom.
“What occurred in Dnipro, the truth that Russia is making ready a brand new try to seize the initiative within the battle, the truth that the character of hostilities on the entrance requires new choices within the defence provide – all this solely emphasises how vital it’s to coordinate our efforts – efforts of all members of the coalition to defend Ukraine and freedom,” he mentioned in his nightly tackle.
Ukrainian troops within the US
Some 100 Ukrainian troops have arrived at Oklahoma’s Fort Sill, within the US, to start coaching on the extremely sought-after Patriot missile defence system – for cover in opposition to Russian missile assaults.
For months, Ukraine referred to as on the US to supply the Patriot surface-to-air guided missile defence system as a result of it may well goal plane, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles.
Kyiv’s resolution to take troops off the battlefield to coach throughout the Atlantic within the US is uncommon, though Ukraine has despatched forces for short-term coaching at European bases for different complicated programs it has acquired, comparable to on the longer-range Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
Seven Ukrainian civilians, together with a girl with decreased mobility and a 5-year-old woman, had been evacuated by volunteers on 13 January from Paraskoviyivka, a village about 5 kilometres exterior Soledar, the place fierce combating is happening.
Volunteers undertook the rescue missions at night time to assist keep away from coming underneath heavy shelling which they are saying is most fierce throughout the day.
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