Toronto Star:“we’re not there yet for the Leopard 2 tanks, but we’re here to provide Ukraine what it needs so they can beat Russia.”
повний текст тут:OTTAWA—The Canadian government refuses to say where it stands on Ukraine’s increasingly urgent demands for international allies to supply it with hundreds of heavy tanks — a request that looms as the latest test of Western support for the war-torn country.
On Friday, the Ukraine Defence Contact Group, comprising a broader group than NATO, meets to discuss Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s demands in Germany. The meeting comes just days after the German defence minister was replaced, and as that country weighs whether to allow exports to Ukraine of the German-made Leopard 2 tanks many NATO members including Canada currently have in their armoury.
As Russia continues to bombard Ukrainian cities and civilian infrastructure, Zelenskyy has upped the pressure for more military support, saying tanks, armoured personnel carriers and artillery “are exactly what Ukraine needs to restore its territorial integrity.”
News reports Wednesday suggested the U.S. is preparing a significant increase in its military aid package for Ukraine.
Defence Minister Anita Anand travelled in secret to Kyiv Wednesday to meet where she announced Canada would spend $90 million to purchase and send Ukraine an additional 200 armoured personnel carriers made in Mississauga, on top of eight already provided. But she stayed mum on whether Ottawa would dispatch tanks.
Wednesday’s announcement follows Ottawa’s pledge last week of $406 million to donate U.S.-made surface-to-air defence missile systems to Ukraine — all part of $500 million the Trudeau government pledged in November for military aid to Zelenskyy’s forces.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said, “we’re not there yet for the Leopard 2 tanks, but we’re here to provide Ukraine what it needs so they can beat Russia.”
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