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Britain says it is supplying anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

World Jan 17, 2022 05:45PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain said on Monday it had begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to help it defend itself from a potential invasion, during a stand-off with Russia which has massed troops near the Ukrainian border.

Western countries say they fear Russia is preparing a pretext for a new assault on Ukraine, which it invaded in 2014.

Moscow denies any plans for an attack, but has said it could take unspecified military action unless the West agrees to a list of demands, including banning Ukraine from ever joining NATO. Talks last week ended with no breakthrough. Kyiv has asked Western countries for arms to help it protect itself.

"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems," British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament, saying the first systems were already delivered on Monday and a small number of British personnel would provide training for a short period of time.

He did not specify the number or type of weapons that were being sent, but said: "They are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia. They are to use in self-defence."

"These are short-range .... but nevertheless it would make people pause and think what they were doing and if tanks were to roll into Ukraine, invade it, then they would be part of the defence mechanism."

Ukraine's defence minister welcomed Wallace's announcement.

"Ukraine highly appreciates Britain's decision to provide a new security package with light, anti-armour, defensive weapon systems!" Oleksii Reznikov said in a tweet.

Britain has previously warned Russia of severe consequences if it launched a new military assault on Ukraine, while offering financing to enhance Ukraine's naval capabilities.

Wallace said he had invited Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to visit London in the next few weeks to discuss the crisis, though he did not know whether the Russians would accept.

"The current gap is wide but not unbridgeable," Wallace said, voicing the hope that diplomacy would prevail and adding, "It is President (Vladimir) Putin’s choice."

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Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 8:40PM ET
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Ukraine has every right to ask for help in its resistance to Russian agression and threats to it's national sovereignty.
Oleksii Trugov
Oleksii Trugov Jan 17, 2022 8:40PM ET
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David David  "Give a good reason they have the right" LOL are you for real? You don't need a reason to have a right to join/leave NATO (unless you live in a communist country), what are you talking about? Russia is a threat to the whole EU, not just Ukraine - and most citizens of EU realize it now. And you can't just "sit and talk" with someone who's been threatening and drawing red lines like a gopnik, this is not 20th century when Russia could dictate other countries with threats and this is not how you start a dialogue if you want to resolve it peacefully. Putin is just using NATO as a scapegoat to invade, he would have threatened Ukraine regardless.
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Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 8:16PM ET
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Ukraine is a independent nation with a right, according to the Budapest Memorandum, to self determination, independence, and free from invasion or aggression from Russia. signed dec5 1994.
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Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 8:16PM ET
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there is no talking to a brutal dictatorship that wants to destroy Ukrainian freedom. If the Russian butchers invade, it's time to send as may body bags back to Russia as possible. the West is teaching the Ukrainian solders to maximize the *******rates against the Russian military, that's the only thing Russia will understand.
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Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 8:16PM ET
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david 9 the Russians signed the Budepest memorandum in 1995 guaranteeing the sovereignty of the Ukrainian state.
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David9 Russia is no lion it is a weak pathetic economic basket case. but we all know about your allegence to the Butchers of Peking and your support for brutal dictatorship.
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david9 ..Russia must be contained it's stated ultimate goal is to recreate it's empire at the expense of its European neighbors. the only thing the Russian dictatorship understands is power. It should join NATO to protect itself against proven Russian aggression.
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Oleksii Trugov Jan 17, 2022 8:16PM ET
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David David  Ukraine is an idependent state (I can't believe I have to say it), I live here. Before the annexation of Crimea, most Ukrainians were against joining NATO; but after Russia occupied Crimea and tried to invade more territtories in the East, Ukrainians started seeking help outside. NATO is the only force strong enough to hold the aggressor back, we have no other choice.
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chacha cha Jan 17, 2022 5:27PM ET
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Mess with America your getting the HORNS
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David Shapiro Jan 17, 2022 3:24PM ET
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The US was the head of the free world.Why do I feel like we are losing that title?
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Joel Schwartz Jan 17, 2022 3:24PM ET
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Because we have 200% debt:GDP?
 
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