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To push back Russian forces, Ukraine is asking the West to supply heavy weapons, such as the German Leopard 2 battle tank.

Summary

This article by Juliette Bénézit, writing for Le Monde, makes the following points:
  • On January 14, the UK announced it was sending Challenger 2 battle tanks to Ukraine.
  • Until now, Kyiv had only received Soviet-era tanks from its allies.
  • Ukraine wants the Leclerc tank (French-made), Leopard 2 (German), Challenger 2 (British) and M1 Abrams (American).
  • These ‘heavy’ tracked tanks are intended for high-intensity combat and would be used to penetrate enemy defences.

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