The Ukrainian president has advised Sky News he’s “very happy” and “thankful” that Germany has determined to produce 14 Leopard 2 tanks – however warned the amount and supply time of the automobiles is “critical”.
Speaking in an unique interview with Kay Burley on his forty fifth birthday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked allies around the globe for his or her help since Russia’s invasion of his nation.
“I would like to say thank you to Germany, to Britain and to the United States that they made this decision,” he advised Sky News.
Russia sends warning to US over tanks – Ukraine newest
He continued: “Overall I am very thankful to the world for the support for Ukraine. But speaking frankly, the number of tanks and the delivery time to Ukraine is critical.”
Mr Zelenskyy learnt that Germany had ended weeks of indecision and determined to ship Ukraine the Leopards throughout the interview with Sky News.
Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, stated Berlin would ship the Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv and authorised allies to re-export theirs – regardless of threats from Russia.
After the announcement, the Kremlin stated: “These tanks will burn down just like all the other ones.”
What nations are sending tanks to Ukraine?
- The US will ship 31 M1 Abrams tanks
- Germany will ship 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks
- The UK has introduced it should ship 14 Challenger 2 tanks
- Poland has pledged to ship 14 Leopard tanks
Germany’s resolution signifies that different nations, comparable to Poland and Spain, with shares of the NATO-standard tank can now ship them to Kyiv.
The Russian embassy in Berlin condemned the transfer as an “extremely dangerous decision” and an “escalation” of the battle.
Mr Scholz stated Germany was “acting in close co-ordination” with its allies.
The goal is to offer Ukraine with two battalions – 88 tanks – along with different allies.
Germany to ship 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine
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Biden to provide speech on Ukraine disaster
The long-awaited resolution comes after US officers stated a preliminary settlement had been struck for the United States to ship M1 Abrams tanks to assist Kyiv push again Russian forces and win again territory occupied by Russia.
Joe Biden, the US president, is because of give a speech on continued US help to Ukraine this afternoon.
The White House didn’t elaborate on what he would say, however it should observe Germany’s announcement and days of political deadlock – and opens the door for extra nations to ship tanks to Ukraine.
US Brigadier General Patrick Ryder stated discussions had been “ongoing” about what Ukraine wanted however didn’t affirm whether or not the US will ship the tanks.
Kremlin: Tanks will burn
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described German and US intentions as “a rather disastrous plan”.
“I am convinced that many specialists understand the absurdity of this idea,” he stated on Wednesday.
“Simply because of technological aspects, this is a rather disastrous plan.
“The primary factor is, it is a fully apparent overestimation of the potential [the tanks] would add to the armed forces of Ukraine. It is yet one more fallacy, a reasonably profound one.
“These tanks will burn down just like all the other ones… Except they cost a lot, and this will fall on the shoulders of European taxpayers.”
Watch the complete interview with Mr Zelenskyy on Kay Burley at 7am tomorrow