Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the West was threatening Russia “again” with German-made Leopard fighter tanks.
“Those who are dragging European countries, including Germany, into a new war with Russia, especially by irresponsibly declaring this as a fait accompli, those who expect to defeat Russia on the battlefield, apparently do not understand that a modern war with Russia will be completely different for them. We are not sending our tanks to their borders, but we have something to answer with. And it will not end with the use of armored vehicles,” he said, speaking at an event in the southwestern Russian city of Volgograd to mark 80th anniversary of Soviet victory in the Battle of Stalingrad.
In January, Vadym Omelchenko, Kyiv’s ambassador to France, said that Western countries were planning to send 300 tanks to Ukraine.
“As of today, numerous countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine,” Omelchenko told French TV station and CNN affiliate BFM television.
He did not specify which countries would provide the tanks or provide a breakdown of which models.
The US has pledged to provide 31 M1 Abrams tanks and Germany agreed to send 14 Leopard 2 A6s. Previously the United Kingdom has pledged 14 Challenger 2 tanks, while Poland has asked for approval from Germany to transfer some of its own German-made Leopard 2s to Ukraine.
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CNN's Pierre Meilhan and Heather Chen contributed to this post.