Britain is considering deploying Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks to Poland to allow Poland to supply Ukraine with T-72 tanks.
“We are looking more at what we can do to backfill in countries such as Poland, who may want to send heavier weaponry to help defend the Ukrainians”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a press conference in India.
“We are looking at sending tanks to Poland to help them as they send some of their T72s to Ukraine. We’ve got to look at what more we can do military, we’ve got to keep intensifying the economic sanctions – we want to make sure there is wave after wave of intensifying pressure on Putin.”
The Ministry of Defence said on Friday:
“The UK is exploring sending British Challenger 2 Tanks to Poland. While no decisions have been taken, these would be deployed on a short-term basis and operated by UK personnel to bridge the gap between Poland donating tanks to Ukraine and replacements arriving.”
Johnson also set out plans for a “security guarantee” for Ukraine, stopping short of NATO membership. Johnson said that the guarantee would “make sure their territory is so fortified as to be impregnable”.
Additionally, the UK ambassador to Ukraine will make a return to Kyiv ahead of the re-opening of the British embassy in the capital.
We’re planning for Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine @MelSimmonsFCDO to return to Kyiv, and will re-open the British Embassy in the city shortly.
— Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (@FCDOGovUK) April 22, 2022