A long-range rocket system, armored vehicles, a ground-based air defense system and now, tanks.
Almost a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, Britain is sending a squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, adding to an array of modern weapons that Western allies have provided for Kyiv.
Only months ago such aid was considered taboo, for fear that it would prompt Russia to escalate the war. But as Ukraine has persisted with its demands for weapons and made advances on the battlefield, its allies have fulfilled more and more of its requests.
“They have finally accepted that this going to be a long war unless they intervene with even more resources to speed up a Ukrainian victory,” said Mick Ryan, a military strategist and retired Australian army major general who is a fellow at the Lowy Institute, a research institute.
NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said that after Britain’s commitment for heavy hardware, “I expect more in the near future,” according to an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt published on Sunday.
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