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Putin unleashes furious response to West's decision to send Kyiv tanks as missiles rain hit Ukraine

A rattled Vladimir Putin has furiously retaliated over the West’s decision to supply dozens of high-tech tanks to Ukraine by slamming a barrage of missiles and drones into Kyiv.

An air raid alert was issued over the whole of Ukraine early this morning as defence units shot down a stream of incoming missiles, while fighting also flared up in Bakhmut after the deal which has been hailed as a potential game-changer.

Defending forces said they shot down all 24 drones fired from Moscow including 15 around Kyiv, with no reports of any damage so far, as civilians sheltered in subway stations amid the blitz.

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Yesterday, after weeks of bitter infighting, the US and Germany finally agreed to give in to Volodymyr Zelensky’s demands and send 31 M1 Abrams tanks, 14 Leopard 2 tanks, and give allies permission to send their own supply.

A drone is seen flying over Kyiv this morning as Vladimir Putin retaliated against the West for its tanks deal

A drone is seen flying over Kyiv this morning as Vladimir Putin retaliated against the West for its tanks deal

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had feared the move risked massively escalating the war beyond the borders of Ukraine and the Kremlin has already issued threats to that effect.

And Putin has wasted no time in punishing Ukraine by blasting missiles overnight, after a period of relative calm.

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‘The first Russian missiles have been shot down,’ Andriy Yermak, head of Zelensky’s office said.

Russia has targeted critical infrastructure with missile and drone strikes since October, causing sweeping blackouts and other outages during the bitter winter.

Despite the generous Western package, there are fears that Ukraine won’t be able to actually use the tanks on the front line for months, potentially after Russia’s anticipated spring offensive.

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The promised M1 Abrams tanks from the US are not even in supply at the moment and will take months to arrive before training can even commence, senior officials have said.

An air raid alert was issued over the whole of Ukraine early this morning as defence units shot down a stream of incoming missiles

An air raid alert was issued over the whole of Ukraine early this morning as defence units shot down a stream of incoming missiles 

Defending forces said they shot down all 24 drones fired from Moscow including 15 around Kyiv, with no reports of any damage so far

Defending forces said they shot down all 24 drones fired from Moscow including 15 around Kyiv, with no reports of any damage so far

People gather in a subway station being used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack in Kyiv today

People gather in a subway station being used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack in Kyiv today

Ukrainian civilians wait in subway stations underground while Russia pounded Kyiv with missiles

Ukrainian civilians wait in subway stations underground while Russia pounded Kyiv with missiles

Putin has wasted no time in punishing Ukraine by blasting missiles overnight, after a period of relative calm

Putin has wasted no time in punishing Ukraine by blasting missiles overnight, after a period of relative calm

Putin has wasted no time in punishing Ukraine by blasting missiles overnight, after a period of relative calm

The modern tanks need to be procured, then the US will begin a ‘comprehensive training programme’ for Ukrainian soldiers, which will also need spare parts and will require significant maintenance once deployed.

Germany and European Leopard 2 tanks will likely arrive sooner but will still require training as Kyiv forces have become accustomed to their Soviet-era tanks used so far in the war.

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Germany’s tanks would probably be ready in three or four months, Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said. 

The fact that Leopard 2, M1 Abrams and Challenger tanks will all be arriving in the coming months, each needing separate parts and training, will complicate matters for Ukraine. 

Brad Martin, director of the RAND Institute for Supply Chain Security, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: ‘Unfortunately, it does mean that each of these capabilities is going to need their own supply chains because they are different, their parts are different, the maintenance requirements are different.

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‘I don’t know that it’s such a large challenge that it can’t be met but all things being equal it would be better to have common systems but they’re working with what they have.

‘The United States has a number of Abrams tanks and some of them would have to be refurbished in order to be exported… it’s certainly true that they’re not sitting there ready to go, work will have to be done to get any of them ready to be deployed.

Germany will initially send 14 Leopard 2s to Ukraine, and aims to provide 80 tanks overall

Germany will initially send 14 Leopard 2s to Ukraine, and aims to provide 80 tanks overall

The US is sending dozens of M1A2 Abrams tanks to Ukraine in the coming weeks to help with their war-effort

The US is sending dozens of M1A2 Abrams tanks to Ukraine in the coming weeks to help with their war-effort

A Ukrainian soldier is seen on his way to frontlines with their armoured military vehicles as strikes continue

A Ukrainian soldier is seen on his way to frontlines with their armoured military vehicles as strikes continue

‘A lot of this is rather complicated sophisticated stuff and it takes time to learn how to deal with this, training is going to be a very big issue.

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‘Supply chains and the acquiring of spare parts take time, and those two things together will be a challenge.’ 

Western countries have made ‘no clear indication’ of how many tanks will be given to Ukraine, an advisor to the country’s defence minister has said.

Yuriy Sak told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘We need 300 to 400 tanks for this to be a game changer.

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‘This tank coalition consisting of different countries, we have no clear indication of how many tanks each country will provide. We have communicated to our partners that this is the number that we need.

‘If you want missile terror to stop you need to receive the weapons that will allow us to defeat the enemy on the battlefield.

‘The sooner we defeat Russia on the battlefield using Western weapons the sooner we will be able to stop this missile terror and restore peace.’

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Zelensky has praised the US and German commitments to send tanks and urged allies to provide large quantities of tanks quickly.

‘The key now is speed and volumes. Speed in training our forces, speed in supplying tanks to Ukraine. The numbers in tank support,’ he said in a nightly video address on Wednesday. ‘We have to form such a ‘tank fist’, such a ‘fist of freedom’.’

Ukraine has been seeking hundreds of modern tanks to give its troops the firepower to break Russian defensive lines and reclaim occupied territory in the south and east. Ukraine and Russia have been relying primarily on Soviet-era T-72 tanks.

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The promise of tanks comes as both Ukraine and Russia are expected to launch new offensives in the war.

Maintaining Kyiv’s drumbeat of requests for more aid, Zelensky said he spoke to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and called for long-range missiles and aircraft.

Ukraine’s allies have already provided billions in military support including sophisticated U.S. missile systems.

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The United States has been wary of deploying the difficult-to-maintain Abrams but had to change tack to persuade Germany to send to Ukraine its more easily operated Leopards.

Biden said the tanks pose ‘no offensive threat’ to Russia and that they were needed to help the Ukrainians ‘improve their ability to manoeuvre in open terrain’.

Germany will send an initial company of 14 tanks from its stocks and approve shipments by allied European states.

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The Abrams can be tricky, but the Leopard was designed as a system that any NATO member could service and crews and repair specialists could be trained together on a single model, Ukrainian military expert Viktor Kevlyuk told Espreso TV.

‘If we have been brought into this club by providing us with these vehicles, I would say our prospects look good.’

Russia reacted with fury to Germany’s decision to approve the delivery of the Leopards.

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‘This extremely dangerous decision takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation,’ said Sergei Nechayev, Russia’s ambassador to Germany.

 

Pledges to Ukraine from other countries that field Leopards have multiplied with announcements from Poland, Finland and Norway. Spain and the Netherlands said they were considering it.

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Britain has offered 14 of its comparable Challenger tanks and France is considering sending its Leclercs.

The Kyiv government acknowledged on Wednesday its forces had withdrawn from Soledar, a small salt-mining town close to Bakhmut in the east, that Russia said it captured more than a week ago, its biggest gain for more than six months.

The area around Bakhmut, with a pre-war population of 70,000, has seen some of the most brutal fighting of the war.

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Ukraine’s military said that Russian forces were attacking in the direction of Bakhmut ‘with the aim of capturing the entire Donetsk region and regardless of its own casualties’.

The Russian-installed governor of Donetsk said earlier that units of Russia’s Wagner contract militia were moving forward inside Bakhmut, with fighting on the outskirts and in neighbourhoods recently held by Ukraine.

Analyst Kevlyuk said losing Bakhmut would not change much in terms of the tactical scheme of things but that he was more concerned by Russian efforts to regroup and concentrate resources in the Luhansk region.

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Donetsk and Luhansk make up the Donbas region. Russian forces control nearly all of Luhansk, while Russians and their proxies say they control about half of Donetsk.

Reuters could not verify battlefield reports.

The 11-month war has killed thousands of people, driven millions from their homes and reduced cities to rubble.

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