Ukraine today asked its Western allies for warships and submarines after Germany announced it would send Leopard 2 heavy tanks to Kyiv.
“We will need warships to protect the coasts, we have a very long coastline. We will also need submarines to prevent the risk of a new attack from the sea in the Black Sea,” Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrii Melnyk said on German television networks RTL and ntv today.
The tanks, the supply of which to Kyiv was finally approved by Berlin today, should be only the first step, Melnik noted.
“We have a very strong opponent, the Russians are producing weapons at a very fast pace,” he said, explaining that the war is far from over.
Earlier today, Melnyk pointed out that the Ukrainian Air Force also needs reinforcements. Germany could, for example, help by providing Tornados Eurofighters, the Ukrainian minister clarified.
Britain, France and Poland express their satisfaction with Germany’s decision to send Leopard
London, Paris and Warsaw today expressed their satisfaction with Germany’s decision to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his satisfaction with Germany’s “correct decision” to hand over these heavy tanks to Kyiv, which will “strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability” against a Russian invasion.
The outgoing British leader reacted via Twitter to “the right decision taken by our NATO allies and friends to send tanks to Ukraine” and added: “Next to the Challenger 2 (s.p.a. tanks recently promised by the London), will strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability.”
“Together, we are accelerating our efforts to ensure that Ukraine wins this war and secures a lasting peace,” the British prime minister added in his message.
The French presidency also expressed its “satisfaction” and welcomed the green light given by Germany.
“France welcomes the German decision, which extends and increases the support we have provided with the delivery of the AMX10 RC,” said a statement issued by the Elysée presidential palace, in a reference to the French-made light combat vehicles that it Paris also aims to send to Ukraine.
In Warsaw, the Polish Prime Minister thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his decision to send Leopard 2 to Ukraine.
“Thank you @Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz,” tweeted Mateusz Morawiecki. “The decision to send Leopards to Ukraine is a big step to get Russia to stop,” he added.
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