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Polish press: The West must transfer tanks to Ukraine, the supply of armored vehicles will not help the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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Polish press: The West must transfer tanks to Ukraine, the supply of armored vehicles will not help the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Back in September 2022, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that if Ukraine asks the West Tanksshe should get them. However, since then the situation with the supply of Western-made tanks has not moved forward.


If tanks of Soviet or Russian production are willingly transferred to Ukraine, then many states are actively resisting the transfer of American or German tanks. Andrzej Lomanowski, a columnist for the Polish edition of Rzeczpospolita, raises this issue in his article.

By the time hostilities began in February 2022, Ukraine had at least 800 of its own tanks. Of these, at least 300 were destroyed in battle, writes Lomanovsky. Then, tanks were delivered from the countries of Eastern Europe. But Russia retains a colossal advantage in armored vehicles. Moreover, in the military warehouses of the RF Armed Forces there is a huge amount of old Soviet armored vehicles, which may well be involved in hostilities, despite their considerable age.

Lomanovsky believes that this circumstance requires the West to increase efforts to assist Ukraine in increasing the fleet of armored vehicles, primarily tanks. A number of retired American generals are offering to transfer Bradley armored vehicles (M2 Bradley) to Ukraine. This is not the newest armored vehicle, but it is still used in the American army. Now the possibility of supplying armored vehicles to the United States is already quite allowed.

However, the Polish publication emphasizes that the M2 Bradley cannot be considered as a counterweight to Russian tanks due to too thin armor and weak weapons. They are quite suitable for supporting the attacking infantry, but no more.

France decided to transfer Bastion armored vehicles and the so-called AM-10RC light wheeled tanks, which are also classified as armored reconnaissance vehicles, to Ukraine. However, such equipment is unlikely to fully compensate for the lack of tanks on the battlefield, the Polish analyst believes.

Thus, the main message is that the West should transfer modern Western-made tanks to Ukraine. Deliveries of armored vehicles alone will not help Ukraine.

However, the West refuses tanks to Ukraine for several reasons. First, Western countries do not want to reduce their own arsenals of good weapons and military equipment. Secondly, there is a risk that Western-made tanks will not perform very well in battles and this will affect their sales. In addition, they may fall into the hands of the Russian military. Finally, Ukrainian tankers are not trained to work with Western tanks, and training will take too long.
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  1. lucul
    lucul 5 January 2023 09: 36
    -2
    Thus, the main message is that the West should transfer modern Western-made tanks to Ukraine. Deliveries of armored vehicles alone will not help Ukraine.

    Yes ? But after the surrender of Krasny Liman, there were completely different moods)))) They say they will drive them all the way to Moscow, and then there it is as they sang))))
    Where is the famous "counterattack"? )))
    1. Pulkovo1942
      Pulkovo1942 5 January 2023 09: 48
      -4
      Where is the famous "counterattack"? )))

      I’m embarrassed to ask, but do they have a lot to attack? If will be able to cut the land corridor to the Crimea, then from the rest (more precisely, the remaining) areas of the RF Armed Forces will regroup quite quickly. Only the destroyed Donetsk and Lugansk regions will remain. So a possible "counterattack" should be anticipated.
      1. fruc
        fruc 5 January 2023 10: 22
        +1
        Pulkovo1942
        ...... and they have a lot to attack?

        A lot more and for a long time, the offensive vector is 270 degrees.
    2. fruc
      fruc 5 January 2023 10: 18
      +2
      Polish press: The West must transfer tanks to Ukraine, the supply of armored vehicles will not help the Armed Forces of Ukraine

      And what happened to them. After all, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are constantly advancing, will they all run out of tanks before Moscow?
  2. Kaufman
    Kaufman 5 January 2023 09: 36
    +5
    I am convinced that the West does not make decisions spontaneously, it is very thought out. And heavy equipment and aviation, everything will appear on TVD in turn. While they were switching from our oil and gas, they were getting off the needle, so to speak. We tried hard not to get angry. But in speed they will generally cease to be afraid, and that’s all. Open shop to the fullest. Everything you need will be brought. And missiles and tanks and aircraft.
    Well, for the time being we will knock on Soledar with a sledgehammer. They didn’t break through the bakhmut
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 5 January 2023 09: 41
    +1
    If tanks of Soviet or Russian production are willingly transferred to Ukraine, then many states are actively resisting the transfer of American or German tanks.
    . What does it mean?
    An assumption... against the disposal of old equipment and skakuas along with it, they have nothing against it, and they don’t need more... right?
    Although, most importantly, what is Uncle Sam's plan???
    As he decides, so, most likely, it will be ... but the minke whales, the guys are systemic, stubborn, can go to a big badaboom, unfortunately. They don’t feel sorry for the Gayropeans, and there’s no talk about the skakuas.
  4. Bingo
    Bingo 5 January 2023 09: 42
    +7
    The difficulty is that Abrams, Leclercs and Leoperds cannot be transferred - as soon as their first versions start to burn on the outskirts, the last ones will also fall in price, which is unprofitable ... And everything else that could be taken there was taken a long time ago.
    Yes, there is also the problem that Russia, in response, can, for example, start supplying modern anti-aircraft defense missiles to Iran, for example ... And the Bay for Mattresses will close to the barrier
    1. Nexcom
      Nexcom 5 January 2023 09: 48
      -1
      So it's time to "close the barrier".
      We are all waiting for something...
    2. StarWarrior
      StarWarrior 6 January 2023 00: 58
      0
      For the Abrams, you need to build special bridges. They are not intended for cross-country driving.
    3. Santa Fe
      Santa Fe 7 January 2023 06: 51
      -1
      how their first versions on the outskirts will start to burn, the last ones will also fall in price, which is unprofitable ...

      It's a 50/50 game

      Can burn and disgrace
      Or maybe vice versa, if cool combat missions are solved with their help, a queue of buyers will line up. What happened to Hymars systems
  5. Pravodel
    Pravodel 5 January 2023 09: 46
    -1
    The West must hand over to Ukraine...

    So this is not enough. The most important thing is to transfer all the brave pans and Poles with tribalts so that Russia buries them in Ukraine. Then there will be peace and tranquility for many years.
  6. Epaulettes
    Epaulettes 5 January 2023 09: 50
    -2
    Quote: kaufman
    I am convinced that the West does not make decisions spontaneously, it is very thought out. And heavy equipment and aviation, everything will appear on TVD in turn. While they were switching from our oil and gas, they were getting off the needle, so to speak. We tried hard not to get angry. But in speed they will generally cease to be afraid, and that’s all. Open shop to the fullest. Everything you need will be brought. And missiles and tanks and aircraft.
    Well, for the time being we will knock on Soledar with a sledgehammer. They didn’t break through the bakhmut


    I am also convinced that the West has completely planned this entire NWO. And this plan began to be put into practice immediately after Yeltsin was "tired."
    And now how to get out of all this with good is completely incomprehensible ...
    1. Rosemary
      Rosemary 5 January 2023 13: 50
      -1
      Quote: Shoulder straps
      I am also convinced that the West has completely planned this entire NWO.

      What are you alluding to? To the fact that the leadership of Russia are agents of the West who launched the NWO in accordance with the plans of the West and in its interests?
  7. Andron78
    Andron78 5 January 2023 11: 55
    0
    The case when the Poles simply decided to talk on the occasion of the non-brothers. Without the creation of a technical support system, repair and evacuation structures, the transferred tanks will turn into trash or trophies in a short time, depending on whether they are brought to the line of contact or not.
  8. Epaulettes
    Epaulettes 5 January 2023 14: 31
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    Quote: Rosemary
    Quote: Shoulder straps
    I am also convinced that the West has completely planned this entire NWO.

    What are you alluding to? To the fact that the leadership of Russia are agents of the West who launched the NWO in accordance with the plans of the West and in its interests?


    Not agents, but people who were used in the dark.
  9. Fizik13
    Fizik13 5 January 2023 14: 38
    -1
    That's where the hyena geyropa!
    They got rid of their junk, and the rest of the West should supply new. And through Poland with payment for transit.
  10. StarWarrior
    StarWarrior 6 January 2023 00: 52
    -1
    There is no need now to pump weapons to Ukraine - Ukraine will end, Poland will enter the war with Russia after it.
    The task of Ukraine is to hold out for a maximum of 2023, while the 500-strong Polish army is being mobilized and provided with everything necessary.

    And as soon as the Russians, exhausted by battles, finally finish off the remnants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in eastern Ukraine and move towards Kharkov, then the mobilized 300-strong Polish army will move to Kyiv and south to Odessa, where the Romanian army and US paratroopers will help it.

    NATO's task is clear - for Russia to receive as a result of the NMD from Ukraine the Left Bank, completely destroyed by the war, and all the most delicious and valuable will go to Poland (Galicia, Kyiv and the center of Ukraine) and Romania (Odessa, Nikolaev and Kherson under the US Navy bases).