Ukraine to receive 321 tanks from Western partners in total, says ambassador to France

28 January, 11:58 AM
Abrams tanks (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo)

Abrams tanks (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo)

Western countries have promised to supply Ukraine with 321 modern tanks, Ukrainian Ambassador to France Vadym Omelchenko said during an interview with the French TV channel BFM, CNN reported on Jan. 27.

“As of today, numerous countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine,” Omelchenko told BFM.

He did not specify which countries would provide the tanks or provide a breakdown of which models.

“Delivery times are case-by-case and we need this help as soon as possible,” he added.

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Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Ukrainian army needed 300-500 tanks for the offensive.

In December 2022, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said in an interview with the UK magazine The Economist that Ukraine needs 300 tanks to push Russian forces back to the borders of Feb. 23, 2022.

Omelchenko’s comment comes after the U.S. pledged to provide 31 M1 Abrams tanks and Germany agreed to send 14 Leopard 2 A6s. Previously, the United Kingdom pledged sending 14 Challenger 2 tanks, while Poland asked for approval from Germany to transfer some of its own German-made Leopard 2s to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy said that on Jan. 27 the Ukrainian tank coalition already includes 12 countries.

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