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The United States, the United Kingdom and Germany are considering sending tanks to Ukraine to resist Putin’s new offensive

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech in front of a Leopard 2 tank during a visit to a German Bundeswehr army military base in Bergen, Germany.  October 17, 2022. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech in front of a Leopard 2 tank during a visit to a German Bundeswehr army military base in Bergen, Germany. October 17, 2022. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File

Westworried that Ukraine do not have enough time to prepare for a russian offensive in March, he began to move to provide kyiv sophisticated weapons which he previously refused to send for fear of provoking Moscowaccording to The New York Times.

Recently, USA announced that he will train a group of ukrainian soldiers in the use of missiles patriot which, for the first time, are part of the assistance package that they send to face the war against Russia. At the same time, Germany confirmed that it will supply Ukraine armored vehicles troop transport and missile battery patriotwhile France he also promised shipments to Ukrainian battlefields.

The decisions of Western governments to add the modern battle tanks to the list of arms for Ukraine show that they are taking more risks to defend kyiv, according to The New York Times.

Ukraine's President Volodimir Zelensky attends a joint press conference with Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine January 11. 2023. REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk
Ukraine’s President Volodimir Zelensky attends a joint press conference with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine January 11. 2023. REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk

This week, the british government He acknowledged that he is considering the possibility of sending tanks to Ukraine and that he would continue to coordinate his support with the alliesafter the announcements of Germany, France and the United States. Poland also expressed its willingness to hand over to Ukraine a company of Leopard tanks “as part of establishing an international coalition.” However, since Germany manufactures them, Berlin would have to be the one to authorize their transfer to a third country.

Ukraine hopes that the increase in pressure will eventually convince the German chancellor, Olaf Schölzto authorize the export of German-made tanks found in the arsenals of other NATO allies, according to The New York Times. Leopard 2 tanks are from the most coveted by kyiv and experts believe that counting on them would increase Ukraine’s ability to counter Kremlin forces.

Scholz has not yet made a decision, but his coalition partners, the Greens and the Free Democrats, have already expressed their support for sending the tanks. For his part, the German Economy Minister, robert habeckwas open in principle to Poland’s plan regarding the Leopards, stating that Germany “should not get in the way when other countries make decisions to support Ukraine.”

Furthermore, that should be the case “regardless of the decisions Germany makes,” he added.

The Patriot missile defense system is seen at the Sliac airport, in Sliac, near Zvolen, Slovakia, May 6, 2022. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa/File
The Patriot missile defense system is seen at the Sliac airport, in Sliac, near Zvolen, Slovakia, May 6, 2022. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa/File

A few weeks ago, Ukraine’s highest-ranking military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, presented his list of military equipment that he considers necessary to repel the imminent Russian offensive. “I know that I can beat this enemy. But I need resources. I need 300 tanks, 600-700 IFVS, 500 howitzers”.

The tanks’ sense of urgency increases as the soldiers continue resisting Russian forces at Soledar, while more than 500 civilians, including minors, remain trapped in the mining city in the east of the country.

Soledar is located less than 10 km northeast of the city of bakhmutwhere fighting has raged for months in one of the bloodiest battles of the war, dubbed the “meat mincer”.

The Ukrainian army's 43rd Heavy Artillery Brigade fires a German Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzer, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, near Soledar, Ukraine.  January 11, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
The Ukrainian army’s 43rd Heavy Artillery Brigade fires a German Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzer, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, near Soledar, Ukraine. January 11, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

“Even if both Bakhmut and Soledar fall into the hands of the Russians, it’s not going to have a strategic impact on the war itself,” the Russian spokesman told reporters at the White House. United States National Security Council, John Kirby“and certainly not going to stop the Ukrainians or slow them down.”

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyannounced this Thursday sending military reinforcements to the cities of Soledar and Bajmutin an area where the efforts of the Russian Armed Forces.

“The main theme is Soledar, Bakhmut, the struggle for the Donetsk leadership in general. We have discussed in detail what decisions are needed, what reinforcements are needed, what steps commanders need to take in the coming days,” Zelensky said, after a meeting with the Mayor state.

Since the war began nearly a year ago, the West has been reluctant to hand over some of its most powerful weapons to Ukraine, fearing it would bring NATO into direct conflict with Russia. But now, looking at the Ukraine’s determination to resistthe almost zero prospects for peace talks in the short term and the stalemate on the battlefield, NATO allies are beginning to relent.

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