Moscow, January 15 – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said in a statement that the UK will deliver 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine in the coming weeks.
On Saturday, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, during a conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, informed him of the decision to transfer the Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.
The press release said that “a squadron of 14 tanks will leave for the country (Ukraine – ed.) in the coming weeks.”
The statement said that the UK will start training Ukrainian forces in the coming days on how to use the tanks that have been delivered to Kyiv. After sending the tanks, Britain will supply Ukraine with about 30 AS90 self-propelled howitzers.
In addition, the statement said that Sunak had instructed British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to “bring together European allies” to discuss military aid to Ukraine. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will also visit the United States and Canada.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.