During Rammstein, the decision to supply Ukraine with Leopard tanks failed. This angered Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.
The Ramstein meeting took place on 20 January. President Volodymyr Zelensky noted in his address that Ukraine still has to fight for modern tanks.
The head of the Polish Foreign Ministry was outraged by the lack of a decision on tanks
Rau stated that arming Ukraine to repel Russian aggression is not some decision-making exercise.
Ukrainian blood is shed for real. This is the price of delaying Leopard deliveries. We must act immediately,” the minister stressed.
Note that the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, said that the partners at the Ramstein were talking about the possibilities that Ukraine has for a counteroffensive.
“We have this window of opportunity between the present and the spring when a counteroffensive can begin. It's not much time, so we have to collect all the possibilities,” Austin said.
He stressed that the Allies were able to gather great power. In particular, we are talking about tanks that Poland is preparing to provide to Ukraine.
Pay attention! Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Presidential Office, said that the world should not delay in providing military assistance. After all, every minute, hour and day is the loss of Ukrainian lives.
Kyiv insists on creating a “tank coalition”
- Ukraine has proposed creating a so-called “tank coalition”. The corresponding statement was published by the Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs – Alexei Reznikov and Dmitry Kuleba.
- The document says that Russia can strengthen the offensive, so the Defense Forces need more equipment, including tanks.
- Great Britain has already decided to transfer a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks. However, this, unfortunately, is not enough.
- Ukraine, first of all, needs more Leopard 2 tanks. They are in service with Greece, Denmark, Spain, Canada, the Netherlands , Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, Finland and Sweden.
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