Sunak confirms the start of training Ukrainian soldiers on Challenger 2 tanks and pledges to send military equipment to Kiev


The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on Saturday, that Ukrainian soldiers are already training to operate Challenger 2 combat tanks in Britain.

Sunak said the training began this week, according to British government officials.

“The leaders discussed the latest situation on the ground in Ukraine, and the British Prime Minister said he was focused on ensuring that British defensive military equipment got to the front line as quickly as possible,” the British government said in a statement.

For his part, Zelinsky confirmed the start of the training, and said, on his Telegram channel that he expressed his thanks to Sunak personally.

“We also talked about strengthening the capabilities of the Ukrainian army, and about various aids to Ukraine in the short and long term,” he said.

In turn, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the start of training Ukrainian soldiers to operate the British main battle tanks, the British Challenger 2.

“This tank is a good machine and will be a serious reinforcement on the battlefield,” Zelensky added.

Zelensky also noted that the situation on the front lines is difficult, though he said he was confident Kyiv would emerge victorious.

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