Britain sends armored vehicles to Ukraine, trains soldiers: report

The top of the United Kingdom military has reportedly drawn up plans to send armored vehicles to Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion, according to British papers.

A report from The Times of London has claimed that British military leaders believe increasing arms supplies from the UK to Ukraine will be crucial to the war effort in Ukraine over the next three weeks.

The military plans to ship armored vehicles, such as the Mastiff or the Jackal, to Ukraine in the hopes that they could enable Ukraine to push further into Russian lines.

The British newspaper said plans were to remove sensitive equipment from the vehicles to prevent Russia from accessing certain military technologies.

It is also believed that British soldiers could accompany the shipments to a neighboring country of Ukraine – likely Poland, given previous experience – where they would train Ukrainian troops in the use of the vehicles.

“The next three weeks will be crucial. [The Ukrainians] already partially won. They have exhausted the Russian army, won the occupation struggle and sentenced Putin to eternal isolation. Can they push back the Russian army? Can they break the Russian army? Possibly. Depends on what help we can all give,” a senior government source said The times

To date, the UK has mainly focused on sending “defensive weapons” to Ukraine, such as anti-tank weapons, including Next-Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons Systems (NLAWs) and Javelin missiles. The government has also supplied anti-aircraft missiles to fight Russian military aircraft.

Responding to Britain’s willingness to arm its country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a “leader who helps more” than others, adding that “Britain is absolutely on our side” .

If the British government were to send armored vehicles — and renounce that standard of sending defensive equipment — it could be seen as an escalation in the Western proxy war against Russia.

It was reported this week that the Czech Republic was the first NATO member state to send tanks to Ukraine since the invasion began, allegedly sending modern BVP infantry fighting vehicles and Soviet-era T-72 tanks.

On Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after meeting NATO foreign ministers in Brussels that they need more weapons to continue the fighting.

“My agenda is very simple. There are only three items on it. His weapons, weapons and weapons,” Kuleba said.

“I call on all allies to put aside their hesitations and reluctance, to provide Ukraine with everything it needs,” he added.

Kuleba criticized Germany and other NATO states for limiting their arms supplies to “defensive weapons,” a distinction the West has tried to make in order to claim they are not in direct conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.

“This distinction between defensive and offensive makes no sense when it comes to the situation in my country,” Kuleba said. “The countries that say we will supply Ukraine with defensive weapons, but we are not in a position to supply them with offensive weapons – they are hypocritical, this is just an unfair, unjustified approach.”

Meanwhile, despite making a show of enforcing sanctions on Russia, the European Union has admitted that it has sent around €35 ​​billion (£29/$38 billion) in payments to Russia in return for the invasion since the invasion began. natural gas.

Over the same period, the bloc sent one billion euros (£0.83/$1.09 billion) worth of weapons for Ukraine’s use.

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