As the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces continues, the United Kingdom has confirmed that it will be the first NATO country to supply Kyiv with Western tanks. The latest development comes as the U.S. plans on training 100 Ukrainian soldiers to manage the Patriot Missile Systems in the coming months.
According to reports, a squadron of 14 tanks called the “Challenger 2” will deploy to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Experts familiar with this type of tank note that it is a main battle tank (MBT) designed to attack other tanks and armored vehicles. The tank has been in service with the British army since the 1990s in Bosnia, Iraq, and other wars. At the start of the invasion in February last year, Ukraine’s military relied on older Soviet-era tanks and captured and repurposed modern Russian tanks.