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Ukraine: Zelensky demanded prompt delivery of Western tanks

Ukraine: Zelensky demanded prompt delivery of Western tanks

Ukraine: Zelensky demanded prompt delivery of Western tanks

Ukraine: Zelensky demanded prompt delivery of Western tanks

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  • Volodymyr Zelensky urged the West to send long-range missiles and fighter jets.
  • Zelensky is likely to focus on equipping the Ukrainian air force.
  • The US would send 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine.
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Ukraine’s president thanked Western leaders for sending tanks to help in the fight against Russia but stressed that they needed to arrive quickly.

Volodymyr Zelensky urged the West to send long-range missiles and fighter jets in his nightly address.

His remarks came after the United States and Germany announced the deployment of Abrams and Leopard tanks to Ukraine.

Russia called the announcement a “blatant provocation,” and said any tanks supplied would be destroyed.

The tanks would “burn like the rest,” said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin. “They’re simply very expensive.”

Mr. Zelensky stated that he told Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that “progress must be made in other aspects of our defence cooperation,” referring to Ukraine’s desire for long-range missiles and artillery supplies.

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He demanded not only the prompt delivery of Western tanks but also a large number of them: “We must form such a tank force, such a freedom force, that after it strikes, tyranny will never again rise up.”

While Mr. Zelensky is likely to focus on equipping the Ukrainian air force with more technologically advanced fighter jets now that the tanks have been secured, many Western governments are still opposed to such a move, fearing the aircraft could be used to strike targets inside Russia.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz insisted on “no fighter jet deliveries to Ukraine.”

Announcements from western allies

On Wednesday, US Vice President Joe Biden announced that the US would send 31 M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine.

The decision to deliver the tanks came just hours after Germany announced it would send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainian battlefield.

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Berlin also made it possible for other European countries to donate German-made tanks from their own inventories.

For months, Ukraine has lobbied Western allies to send the equipment.

It hailed the twin announcements as a watershed moment that would allow its military to reclaim occupied territory. nearly a year after Moscow’s invasion.

It also stated that the tanks could be used to deter a possible Russian offensive in the spring.

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