Britain pushes for aid to Ukraine
Islam News – Britain is leading the push to send more Western military aid to Ukraine, as fears rise that Russia will soon begin a new offensive.
Yesterday, Britain confirmed plans to send 14 tanks and a package of other sophisticated military equipment to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Later this week, two top British officials will visit the U.S., Canada, Germany and other NATO allies to discuss closer coordination on sanctions against Russia and military aid to Ukraine.
Only months ago, such aid was considered taboo; Western countries resisted sending powerful arms to Ukraine for fear that it would prompt Russia to escalate the grinding war. But one expert said that Russia appeared to be mobilizing hundreds of thousands of new conscripts, which accelerated discussions about giving Kyiv the tanks.
What’s next: Britain said it would begin training Ukrainian forces on the tanks and guns in the coming days. Thousands of Ukrainian troops have trained in Britain over the last six months.
Dnipro: The death toll from Russia’s strike on an apartment building on Saturday has risen to 40. The U.N. has confirmed the deaths of more than 7,000 Ukrainian civilians in the war, but said the full toll was far higher.
Germany: Britain’s announcement could increase pressure on Germany to send its coveted Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, or at least allow other European countries to do so. Yesterday, the defense minister resigned after heavy criticism of her handling of the war and the slow progress of a planned military buildup.
Source: The New York Times