UK considers sending first western tanks to Ukraine
January 11, 2023 - Supplying Ukraine with modern battle tanks such as Britain’s Challenger 2 or the German-made Leopard 2 would mark a significant step-up in Western support for Kyiv.
Britain is assessing whether to provide its Challenger 2 main battle tank to Ukraine to help the country fight Russian forces.
Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said over the weekend that he was “in negotiations aimed at creating a broader coalition of countries” to deliver western tanks to Kyiv. A Polish official said Warsaw was prepared to provide a dozen of its 240 German-made Leopard 2s, according to the FT.
Germany has so far refused to supply its Leopards, fearing it could drag NATO into a conflict with Russia. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said Germany will “not go it alone”.
Scholz is under growing pressure from his coalition partners to give way. They have seized on France’s decision last week to send Ukraine an unspecified number of AMX-10 armoured vehicles that French officials and some analysts categorise as a light tank, the FT said.