UK pledges military support to Ukraine in face of Russian aggression
The Kremlin has responded that the UK’s move to send 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine to counter Russian military involvement will be in vain, according to spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
At his daily press conference, Peskov stated, “those tanks will burn like the rest.” He argued that the new arms supplies to Ukraine will have no effect on the situation on the ground, adding instead that they would only “drag out the story and cause more harm to the Ukrainian state.”
Ukraine has been using T-72 tanks for decades, and has recently received more than 230 modernized Soviet tanks from Poland and the Czech Republic, but no Western tanks have been further attested to them.
In response, Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky announced promises of light armored vehicles from the US, Germany, and France. On Saturday, the UK became the first country to announce the delivery of heavy tanks.
This latest action has proved controversial, with Peskov affirming that the Russian military operation “will continue until it achieves its objectives,” regardless of external action. Whether or not the UK’s influx of tanks and arms make a difference on the ground in Ukraine remains to be seen.