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UK doubled the number of Challenger 2 tanks pledged to Ukraine – Ukrainian Ambassador

A Challenger 2 Main Battle of the British Army patrolling outside Basra, Iraq, in 2003. File photo:
UK doubled the number of Challenger 2 tanks pledged to Ukraine – Ukrainian Ambassador

In his interview with the Donbas.Realii project of the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty, Ukrainian Ambassador to Great Britain Vadym Prystaiko said regarding the Challenger 2 tanks that the UK “promised 14 tanks, and as a result of President Zelenskyy’s visit, it was agreed to double that number.”

Zelenskyy visited the UK on 8 February. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace previously said the British tank would arrive in Ukraine “before summer.”

Britain to send Challenger tanks to Ukraine by end of March

Other takeaways from Vadym Prystayko’s interview:

  • Britain offers to increase the number of Ukrainian soldiers undergoing training in the UK by 2.5 times;
  • Ukraine will receive 33 units of the 155mm AS-90 armored self-propelled guns from Britain;
  • the British are ready to find even the weapons they don’t have, often in other countries;
  • agreements are already reached as to the “systems that will allow us to hit the entire occupied territory.”

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