Rishi Sunak promises to deliver armored squadrons to Ukraine

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has reportedly agreed to deliver a squadron of tanks to Ukraine to help the country’s efforts to retake territory lost to Russian forces.

According to reports, our British Challenger 2 main battle tanks will be sent to Eastern Europe immediately, with eight more to follow shortly thereafter.

According to The Sun, a Downing St source said Mr Sunak would brief Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday about the plan.

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According to reports, four British Army Challenger 2 main battle tanks will be sent to Eastern Europe immediately, with eight more to follow shortly thereafter (Ben Birchall/PA)

A Downing Street source told the newspaper: “The Prime Minister has made it clear that the UK must stand by its commitment to Ukraine and that includes ensuring it has the crucial equipment to defend itself and to change the battlefield equation.”

The announced move would make Britain the first western power to supply the Ukrainians with main battle tanks.

Earlier this week, Western officials warned that Ukraine would not be able to retake significant territory from Russia without increasing combat capabilities — including tanks and other heavy armaments.

There were concerns within NATO that the supply of tanks by the Russians could be seen as a further escalation of the conflict.

It comes after the US pledged 50 Bradley armored personnel carriers in its biggest-ever military aid package to Ukraine.

Germany also announced it would deliver around 40 Marder armored personnel carriers, and France promised AMX-10 RC wheeled tank destroyers.

The Ministry of Defense and Downing Street have been asked for comment.

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