UK PM Rishi Sunak has asked Defense Secretary Ben Wallace to expand London’s security assistance to Ukraine to “include the provision of tanks,” the Financial Times reported on Jan. 11.
According to the report, the UK will “work with partners” and “go further and faster with our support for Ukraine including the provision of tanks.”
“If a deal is made for the supply of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine by the British Army, this will be the first time that a Western country will supply Ukraine with modern heavy battle tanks,” FT writes.
London has subsequently officially confirmed MBTs are on the table for Ukraine aid.
“We are accelerating our support to Ukraine with the kind of next-generation military technology that will help to win this war,” a Downing Street spokesperson told FT.
“It is clear that battle tanks could provide a game-changing capability to the Ukrainians.”
On Jan. 9, the Sky News channel citing its sources reported that UK authorities are considering supplying Ukraine with Challenger-2 main battle tanks.
On Jan. 11, Polish President Andrzej Duda confirmed that Poland would send German Leopard tanks to Ukraine.