Reino Unido will send Challenger 2 tanks and new artillery systems to Ukraine

Un British Challenger 2 (Getty)
Un British Challenger 2 (Getty)

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunakaseguró este sábado al presidente ukraniano, Volodymyr Zelenksyque el Reino Unido will provide Ukraine with tanks Challenger 2 y nuevos sistemas de artillery.

“The prime minister underlined the British ambition to intensify our support to Ukraine, including the supply of Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems,” said a Downing Street spokesman, after a telephone conversation between both leaders.

En la charla, Sunak y Zelensky coincident en la “necesidad de aprovechar este momento con una acceleration del apoyo global militar y diplomático a Ukraina“, gracias a las “succesivas victorias ucranianas que han hecho retroceder a las tropas rusas“.

De igual forma, ambos se congratularon por otros compromisos internacionales similares, como “la oferta de Polonia de supplier una compañía de tanques Leopard“.

“The prime minister emphasized that he and all the British Government will work intensively with the international partners to quickly deliver the type of aid that will allow Ukraine to record advantage, win the war and guarantee a safe and lasting peace”, added the spokesman.

En una interview yesterday with Polish television, Zelensky agradeció el envío de tanques Leopard del Ejército polacopero advirtió de que “Polonia no puede asumir por sí misma todo el supply de armamento“.

El Challenger 2 es el tanke de batalla principal del Ejército británico y fue designed para destroy otros carros de combate. Ha sido utilizado por las tropas britanicas en operaciones en Bosnia y Herzegovina, Kosovo e Irak, y nunca ha sufrido pérdidas a manos del enemigo.

Built in the United Kingdom by Vickers Defense Systems (now BAE Systems and Land Armaments), It was designed as a replacement for the Challenger 1 in 1986 and has been in service with the British Army since July 1994. Currently this tank is used by four armored regiments, based in the southwest of England in Tidworth, Wiltshire and Bovington, Dorset.

Según declared in a dialogue with Insider, Justin Crump, military veteran and Director General of the company of intelligence of risks Sibylline, los potentes Challenger 2 superarían fácilente a los carros de combate rusos, principally los T-72 de la sovietica era. “The Challenger 2 was designed to do the work that the Ukrainians need to do,” said Crump, who personally operated the tanks.

“Undoubtedly, they are much better than the Russians, because everything we designed during the Cold War – the Challenger 2, the Leopard 2, the American M1 Abrams – todos estos vehicules were designed to be substantially better than their Russian equivalents,” he said.

Los tanques miden unos 8 meters de alto, pesan 62.5 tons y tienen un motor diesel V-12 de 1.200 caballos de potencia de brakenado.

In terms of power of fire, el tanke está equipado con tres cañones. The main armament is a 120 mm rifled cannon that can fire anti-tank projectiles or large explosive power, designed to destroy lighter vehicles and bunkers. Los otros dos caones son una ametralladora de cadenas y una ametralladora de escotilla.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United Kingdom has been placed at the vanguard of European countries as the main supplier of financial and military aid to the Zelensky government.

A man in a crater left by the impact of a Russian missile in Kopyliv, in the Kiev region, this Saturday (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
A man in a crater left by the impact of a Russian missile in Kopyliv, in the Kiev region, this Saturday (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

En otro orden, varias explosions se escucharon la mañana de este sábado en Kievthe capital of Ukraine, according to journalist of the news agency AFP. Funcionarios ucranianos affirmaron que los ataques tuvien como objetivo infrastructuras clave.

“An attack with missiles against key infrastructure installations” is happening in Kiev, said the deputy head of the office of the president of Ukraine. Kirilo Timoshenko en Telegram, while the mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschkoinformó de explosiones en el distrito de Dniprovskiy e instó a los residentes a “permanecer en los refugios”.

Another message in Telegram, Klitschko adagíó que algunos fragmentos de misil cayeron en una zone no residencial del distrito de Holosiivskyisin dejar víctimas fatales.

Poco después del mensaje, las authorities issued an alert air para la capital y la región homónima.

Desde octubre y tras una serie de reveses militaresRussia has opted out atacar sistematicamente infrastructurales strategicas ukranianas.

Los servicios de energía de Ukraina han trabajado intensamente para reparar la red eléctrica a medida que avanza el invierno.

Likewise, several explosions were reported this morning in the city Zaporizhiaaccording to the secretary of the mayor’s office, Anatoly Kurtev. “Por la mañana, el enemigo volvoí a atacar Zaporiyia. “Se está clarifying the information about the explosions heard by citizens”, he wrote.

En tanto, el alcalde de Kharkiv, Igor Terezhovinformó de un ataque ruso con dos missiles S-300 contra la infrastructure del district industrial de la ciudad y agregó que se está aclarando si hay víctimas y daños.

Also the head of the regional military administration KharkivOleh Sinehubov, infirmó de nuevos attacks sobre la región.

(With information from EFE)

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