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Britain to send armored vehicles to Ukraine, train soldiers: report

Senior British military officials reportedly drew up plans to ship armored vehicles to Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion, according to the official British document.

A report of The Times of London said British military leaders believed increased arms shipments from the UK to Ukraine would be crucial to the war effort in Ukraine over the next three weeks.

The military is considering shipping armored vehicles, such as the Mastiff or the Jackal to Ukraine, in hopes that they might enable Ukraine to push further towards Russian lines.

The British newspaper said that according to plans, the vehicles would have sensitive equipment removed in order to prevent Russia from gaining access to certain military technologies.

It is also thought that British soldiers could accompany the expeditions to a country neighboring Ukraine – probably Poland, given previous experience – where they would train Ukrainian forces in the use of the vehicles.

“The next three weeks will be critical. [The Ukrainians] have already partly won. They exhausted the Russian army, won the occupation battle and condemned Putin to eternal isolation. Can they repel the Russian army? Can they break the Russian army? May be. It depends on how much help we can all provide,” a senior government source said. The temperature.

To date, the UK has mainly focused on sending “defensive weapons” to Ukraine, such as anti-tank weapons, including Next Generation Anti-Tank (NLAW) light weapons systems and Javelin missiles. The government also provided anti-aircraft missiles to combat Russian military aircraft.

In response to Britain’s drive to arm his country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a ‘helpful leader’ than others adding that ‘Britain is definitely on our side”.

If the British government sent armored vehicles – moving away from this norm of sending defensive equipment – ​​it could be seen as an escalation in the Western proxy war against Russia.

This week it was reported that the Czech Republic had become the first NATO member state to send tanks to Ukraine since the start of the invasion, allegedly sending modern BVP infantry fighting vehicles and Soviet-era T-72 tanks.

On Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after a meeting with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels that they needed more weapons to continue the fighting.

“My program is very simple. It contains only three elements. His guns, his guns and his guns,” Kuleba said.

“I call on all allies to put aside their hesitations, their reluctance, to provide Ukraine with everything it needs,” he added.

Kuleba criticized Germany and other NATO states for limiting their arms deliveries to “defensive weapons”, a distinction the West has tried to make in order to pretend they are not in direct conflict with nuclear-armed Russia.

“This distinction between defensive and attacking doesn’t make sense when it comes to the situation in my country,” Kuleba said. “Those countries that say we will supply Ukraine with defensive weapons, but we are not able to supply them with offensive weapons – they are hypocrites, this is a simply unfair and unjustified approach.”

Meanwhile, despite a broadcast about enforcing sanctions on Russia, the European Union has admitted sending some 35bn euros (£29/$38bn) in payments to Russia in exchange for natural gas since the start of the invasion.

In the same period, the bloc sent €1bn (£0.83/$1.09bn) worth of weapons for use in Ukraine.

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