Warning from Europe's defence chief as more nations line up to send more tanks to help Ukraine

January 28, 2023

Russia is now engaged in ‘a war against Nato and the West’, the European Union’s defence chief said yesterday as Canada became the 12th country to commit tanks to Ukraine. Spain and Norway are expected to announce how many Leopard 2s they will send to Ukraine in the coming days. Ukraine is also seeking Western fourth-generation fighter jets such as the US F-16, although this remains an unlikely prospect. The country was desperate to gain momentum on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine before the Western tank squadrons arrive. In response to the provision of Western tanks to Ukraine, Russia accused US President Joe Biden of ‘pumping weapons’ into the country when he could be instigating a ceasefire.