Sky News has been told by the Ukrainian president that he is “very happy” with Germany’s decision to supply 14 Leopard 2 tanks. However, he cautioned that the vehicle delivery and quantity are “critical”.
In an exclusive interview with Kay Burley, Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to all his friends around the globe for their support following Russia’s invasion.
Sky News: “I would like say thank you Germany, Britain, and the United States for making this decision,” he said.
He said, “Overall, I am very grateful to the world for support for Ukraine.” However, it is crucial that Ukraine receives the right number of tanks and that they deliver the goods on time.
During an interview with Sky News, Mr Zelenskyy learned that Germany had ended weeks indecision and decided not to send Ukraine the Leopards.
Olaf Scholz (German chancellor) stated that Berlin would send the Leopard 2 tanks from Germany to Kyiv, and authorized allies to reexport theirs, despite Russian threats.
The Kremlin stated that the tanks would be destroyed just as all other tanks after the announcement.
Which countries send tanks to Ukraine?
- The US will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks
- Germany will send 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks
- The UK announced that it will send 14 Challenger 2 tanks to the UK
- Poland pledged to send 14 Leopard tanks
Germany’s decision allows other countries with NATO-standard tanks, such as Poland or Spain, to send them to Kyiv.
Moscow’s embassy in Berlin denounced the decision as “extremely dangerous” and an “escalation of the conflict.
Scholz stated that Germany was working in close coordination with its allies.
It is hoped that Ukraine will be provided with two battalions, 88 tanks and other allies.
Biden will give a speech on Ukraine crisis
After US officials announced that a preliminary agreement had been reached for the United States and Kyiv to send M1 Abrams tank to aid them in pushing back Russian forces and retaking territory occupied by Russia, the long-awaited decision was made.
The speech by Joe Biden, US President, will be on the continuation of US support for Ukraine.
Although the White House didn’t elaborate on what he would speak, it will be following Germany’s announcement and days in political impasse. This opens up more countries to send tanks to Ukraine.
US Brigadier General Patrick Ryder stated that discussions are ongoing about what Ukraine needs, but did not confirm whether the US will send tanks.
Kremlin – Tanks will Burn
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, described the intentions of the US and Germany as “a rather disastrous program”.
He stated that he was convinced that “many specialists understand the absurdity” of the idea on Wednesday.
This is not a good plan, simply because of the technological aspects.
“The important thing is that this is an obvious overestimation [of the potential] of the tanks to add to the Ukrainian armed forces. This is another fallacy. It’s a very serious one.
“These tanks will be destroyed just like the rest… But they are expensive, and that will be on the shoulders European taxpayers.”
View the complete interview with Mr Zelenskyy at Kay Burley at 7am tomorrow