France promises more tanks, armored vehicles for Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News


Promise comes after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes a surprise visit to Paris after securing $3b in military aid from Germany.

France has promised to send dozens more light tanks and armored vehicles to Ukraine and provide the necessary training for the country’s soldiers to use them effectively.

The announcement came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy flew into France late on Sunday to join French President Emmanuel Macron for a working dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

“In the coming weeks, France will train and equip several battalions with tens of armored vehicles and light tanks including AMX-10RC,” the two leaders said in a joint statement on Monday after some three hours of talks.

Paris would also focus its efforts “in supporting Ukraine’s air defense capacities in order to defend its population against Russian strikes”.

The statement also warned of enhanced sanctions.

“Ukraine and France agree on the need to increase collective pressure on Russia through further sanctions to weaken Russia’s ability to continue its illegal war of aggression.”

French President Emmanuel Macron greets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.  Macron is in a blue suit and tie, while Zelenksyy is in a black sweat shirt and khaki trousers.  They look resolve.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Paris after a trip to Germany, where he secured a new $3b military package [Ludovic Marin/AFP]

The visit to Paris was part of Zelenskyy’s whirlwind weekend tour of several key European allies to drum up military and financial support ahead of an expected major Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian forces.

After securing a new $3bn military package from Germany, Zelenskyy said in Berlin on Sunday that Kyiv and its allies could make a Russian defeat “irreversible” as early as this year.

In Paris, Macron reaffirmed that France will continue to provide political, financial, humanitarian and military support to Ukraine for as long as necessary, the statement said.

A source at the French presidency told reporters that additional, more modern defense systems would be made available to Ukraine.

“Paris. With each visit, Ukraine’s defense and offensive capabilities are expanding,” Zelenskyy tweeted as he flew into the Villacoublay airbase on Sunday.

“The ties with Europe are getting stronger, and the pressure on Russia is growing.”

The French AMX-10RCs vehicles have high speed and maneuverability, allowing them to move quickly on the battlefield and change positions.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov called them a “sniper rifle on … fast wheels.”

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