The British Prime Minister has said that he is considering to “send in the tanks” and heavy armoured fighting vehicles to Poland which could potentially spark a “nuclear war.”
Vladimir Putin has previously warned that if any NATO get in his way with the Ukraine war then he will retaliate and he seems to hide behind his nuclear arsenal.
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Ukrainian troops are in the UK receiving training on how to use around 120 armoured vehicles which will be supplied to the Ukraine by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Johnson could send Challenger 2 tanks which weigh 64 tonne and a further 10 tonne once fully laden with weapons were used in the Gulf war by British troops.
Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi on his trip to India Johnson said the government are considering to send the Challenger 2 tanks to eastern Europe to replace their old Soviet era T72 tanks.
The British Prime Minister told reporters on his trip to India, “I think perhaps what I haven’t said publicly before is we’re also 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.
“So we’re looking at sending tanks to Poland to help them as they sending some of their T-72s to Ukraine.”
The UK is one of the largest contributors of weapons to Ukraine and so far have sent ammunition, anti-tank missiles, anti-ship missiles and other supplies for the Ukrainian forces to repel Russian forces.
The German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned that sending the Challenger 2 tanks directly to Ukraine could spark a “nuclear” third world war.
The Chancellor warned, “I said very early on that we must do everything possible to avoid a direct military confrontation between NATO and a highly armed superpower like Russia, a nuclear power.
“I am doing everything to prevent an escalation leading to a third world war.
“There must be no nuclear war.”
Johnson confirmed for the first time that Ukrainian forces are in the UK and are being trained to use armoured vehicles, he told journalists.
“I can say that we’re currently training Ukrainians in Poland in the use of the anti-aircraft defences and actually in this country (the UK) in the use of the armoured vehicles,” he told reporters.
Johnson’s official spokesman said, “We are moving in conjunction with our allies providing new types of equipment that perhaps the Ukrainians wouldn’t have had previous experience on. So it’s only sensible that they get the requisite training to get the best use of it.”
“We’re always conscious of anything that’s perceived to be escalatory but clearly what’s escalatory is the actions of Putin and his regime,” the spokesman said.
“We’re simply working together with our allies to give Ukraine the tools to defend themselves.”