Two British C-17 transport aircraft carrying weapons to Ukraine went around German airspace.
CORRECTION 18-1-2022: I had originally claimed that Germany had appeared to have denied overflight permission for the C-17 aircraft carrying weapons, I said this before I received official confirmation. I was wrong and I apologise. The reality is that the UK did not ask Germany for permission in the first place. Click here for more.
Tens of thousands of Russian troops are positioned close to the Ukrainian border, according to the UK Defence Secretary, “Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, rocket artillery, and short-range ballistic missiles”. This build-up has resulted in Ukraine requesting assistance from allies, with two British transport aircraft heading to Ukraine with anti-armour weaponry.
Latest — MoD on the record about last night's arms flight path to Ukraine:
“Germany have not denied access to its airspace as the UK did not submit a request, there has been no dispute between the UK and Germany on this issue." https://t.co/VnazORpyCI
— Dan Sabbagh (@dansabbagh) January 18, 2022
UPDATE: On the 18th of January a Royal Air Force RC-135 ‘Rivet Joint’ signals intelligence aircraft (a type of surveillance aircraft) has crossed Germany en route to Ukraine.
A Royal Air Force RC-135 'Rivet Joint' signals intelligence aircraft (a type of surveillance aircraft) has crossed Germany en route to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/UIl7sAJgoc
— George Allison (@geoallison) January 18, 2022
On why C-17s avoided Germany while the RC-135 did not.
Fun fact for those decrying Germany allegedly blocking allied flights to #Ukraine: Here's one going across Germany. (Cargo flights with dangerous items like ammunition require a dedicated clearance, which the UK did not apply for according to @BMVg_Bundeswehr) https://t.co/fsXng7hcP8
— thomas_wiegold (@thomas_wiegold) January 18, 2022
British C-17 transport aircraft are currently moving “light anti-armour” weapons into Ukraine in light of “increasingly threatening” behaviour from Russia.
According to a statement given by the Defence Secretary in the House of Commons today, the 17th of January 2022.
“As of today, tens of thousands of Russian troops are positioned close to the Ukrainian border. Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, rocket artillery, and short-range ballistic missiles.
I can today confirm to the House that, in light of the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia, and in addition to our current support, the UK is providing a new security assistance package to increase Ukraine’s defensive capabilities.
We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light, anti-armour, defensive weapon systems. A small number of UK personnel will also provide early-stage training for a short period of time, within the framework of Operation ORBITAL, before then returning to the United Kingdom.
This security assistance package complements the training and capabilities that Ukraine already has, and those that are also being provided by the UK and other Allies in Europe and the United States. Ukraine has every right to defend its borders, and this new package of aid further enhances its ability to do so.
Let me be clear: this support is for short-range, and clearly defensive weapons capabilities; they are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia. They are to use in self-defence and the UK personnel providing the early-stage training will return to the United Kingdom after completing it.”