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What to know about Western tanks going to Ukraine – BBC Newsnight

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One month short of a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, it’s testament to how far the Western allies have come in their engagement with the conflict that Germany has confirmed it will send its tanks into combat – so far 14 Leopard 2s.

Now other countries with Leopard 2s will follow suit. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a hugely significant moment told the country, “Trust me … the decision is the right one.” 

At the beginning of the conflict there was outrage when Germany sent just 5000 helmets and a field hospital.

Now, the country is in the top three donors of both military and humanitarian aid. President Biden said that Chancellor Scholz has been “a strong voice for unity, and a close friend,” as he announced the US is sending 31 Abrams tanks, insisting the new deployments were “no offensive threat to Russia”.

Newsnight’s International Correspondent Joe Inwood reports on the West’s commitments to Ukraine from London’s National Army Museum. 

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  1. @davidjensen266

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    They will be killing Russian murderers in no time!

  2. @davidjensen266

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    We have parts and they have mechs….its weeks not months….

  3. @davidjensen266

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    It's bs….thos ukrainians are killing our enemy?…we have c5 galaxies and they know where start button is….

  4. @Steinstra-vj7wl

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    …they don't go.

  5. @cestwhat1317

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    I’m embarrassed by the gutless wonders our leaders are. This trickle down defense support is bs. As if our leaders wish to watch thru a sadistic lens the slaughter of Ukrainian people.

  6. @gilbertozuniga8063

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    They will not make a difference!

  7. @nopsevdonim333

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    fuck your tanks. they will burn like your entire economy. even if the war had not ended and we would have walked up to you, for your supplies, to be answered.

  8. @tasmigz4076

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Residents of Staromlinovka saying russians soldiers are treating them well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUgdqVhQVBY

  9. @gigie555

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Ukraine is winning this war, according to the western media, but they need more weapons? While the Russians have 10 times more artillery than Ukraine, they are losing 10 times more men, also according to the western media. Seems someone is not being entirely truthful.

  10. @m4d_mark_xtr3me79

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    When you add in other promises…
    Yeah, so we can do 59 tanks, is that okay?
    -No we need 300
    Well we've already given you millions and sent volunteers.
    Some how I don't think that's 130, someone's telling porkies

  11. @acidbot666

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    If the objective is to get to global thermonuclear incineration asap we must agree that the west is doing extremely well!

  12. @ckwaiutube

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    depleted uranium shells together? it's endless catastrophic to the people there. looks what happen to balkan war and iraq war, peoples health suffered. satanic unleashed.

  13. @SmokeDog1871

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Its good that the germans have developed a national conscious but its unforunately now something that the russians are using to take advantage of them and cause the same trauma that the nazis did. At some point this development of germany must evolve into the idea that they are no longer nazis and are willing to stand up for others who are being attacked.

  14. @rosskious7084

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    What we know about Western tanks? Thanks to the Grandstanding and public fight the Western Countries has done and the amount of training that is needed the Russians know when to launch their assault to be the most effective. We need to get them massive amounts of Artillery guns, Himars, Tow missiles and ammo to do until the Training is finished and help with the coming attack. All the tanks they already know how to use needs to be sent ASAP and the training accelerated on the rest. Any MIG fighters or Russian attack helicopters the world can find needs to be scraped up and sent to help blunt the attack.

  15. @mray8519

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    The Abrams uses a turbine engine, the worst choice possible. Complex, extremely vulnerable to dirt ingestion, expensive to maintain, difficult to repair. Total POS.

  16. @basedglennuk

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Excellent 💪https://youtu.be/8EVrYAu-3B0

  17. @first8208

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    US has nothing to lose! All these weapons are taken from our tax money

  18. @chrissharkey6172

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    They will burn 🔥 shame on you Germany 🇩🇪

  19. @GerardVaughan-qe7ml

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Clayton Morris talks with Scott Ritter.
    Tanks to Ukrain ?!
    https://youtu.be/UL5RR3xnq_w

  20. @Samy.Channel

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Yes send panzers back at eastern front

  21. @user-ly6pl5ot9m

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks to all nations who help Ukraine to resist russian madness and Putin's fascism!

  22. @phil20_20

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    If NATO was there, you would be running all these different tanks anyway… mostly they shoot the same ammo. At least Challenger uses 120mm. They also want to change to the caseless ammo, so I'm sure they can part with the old stuff.

  23. @leonardmayer2362

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    The sending of tanks to Ukraine could not happen soon enough! What the Germans did in WWII is let an intellectually incompetent man like Hitler lead them into a war. They did not need Hitler. He was economically illiterate and a cognitive failure. What Germany needed was an educated and cognitively competent person to lead Germany out of its economic problems and prosper as it could. It is a problem in the world where you have intellectually incompetent people taking the reins of power. Putin is one example. Putin has stolen the right of self government and the right of liberty from the Russian people. He is trying to do the same in Ukraine by killing women and children and taking over the country. He is so incompetent that everything he says or does is fraudulent.

  24. @CieplinskiPawel

    January 26, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    My late Grandpa, WW2 survivor:
    In 1945 when Soviet tanks crossed Poland WE WISHED IT WAS GERMANS 39' AGAIN‼️

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