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Driving a British tank is similar to riding in a rolls royce – Defense Minister of Ukraine

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Upon the arrival of the weapons at the battlefield, Ukraine’s defense minister compared British tanks to Rolls-Royce automobiles.

Oleksii Reznikov approved of Britain after riding in the first Challenger 2 main combat tank to reach the war-torn nation.

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I can say that even the driver of a Rolls-Royce will not be as comfortable as this team after personally “piloting” the Challenger, he commented on Facebook while posing with the tank.

He stated that Ukrainian paratroopers had dubbed the challenger a “war cat” and described the vehicles as “works of military beauty.”

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In January, the UK government promised 14 Challenger 2 tanks in an effort to persuade other western countries to send weapons to help the Ukrainian army.

Reznikov confirmed they had finally arrived in Ukraine, posting a picture of the tanks flying their blue and yellow flag.

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He wrote on Twitter: ‘It was a pleasure to take the first Ukrainian challenger 2 MBT (main battle tank) for a spin.

‘These fantastic machines will soon begin their combat missions.’

Ukrainian Defense Minister checks out Leopard tanks sent to Ukraine by UK

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UNSPECIFIED, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Ukrainian army volunteers pose on driver tank trainer vehicles as they receive training on Challenger Tanks at a military base on February 23, 2023 in Southern England. The UK will send 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine marking the first time a Western country has sent its most powerful heavy armour to Kyiv to aid Ukrainians in the fight against the Russian Invasion. A thousand UK service personnel are deploying to run a training programme giving 10,000 volunteer recruits from Ukraine, with little to no military experience, the skills to be effective in frontline combat. Based on the UK's basic soldier training, the course covers weapons handling, battlefield first aid, fieldcraft, patrol tactics and the Law of Armed Conflict. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Ukrainian army volunteers pose as they receive training on Challenger tanks (Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

In a video posted on social media, Reznikov personally thanked the UK defence secretary Ben Wallace for the tank.

He said in English: ‘Marvellous Ben. It’s very good stuff. Thank you very much from Ukraine to the United Kingdom.’

Rezkinov also posed with a variety of western tanks including challengers from Britain, Strykers & Cougars from the US and Marders from Germany.

‘A year ago, no one would have thought that supporting partners would be so powerful,’ he said.

‘That the whole civilised world will reboot and finally resist the bloody aggressor, the Russian terrorist country.’

German-made Leopard tanks have finally arrived in Ukraine after being first approved in January (Picture: Getty)
German-made Leopard tanks have finally arrived in Ukraine after being first approved in January (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘A year has made a difference. Ukraine has changed the world.’

Germany’s defence ministry said on Monday 18 Leopard 2 battle tanks and 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles had also arrived in Ukraine.

‘Yes, we delivered Leopard tanks as we announced,’ chancellor Olaf Scholz said in Rotterdam. ‘We’re providing very modern [tanks] which we have now delivered.’

The cutting-edge main battle tanks were delivered after Ukrainian crews were trained to use them.

As well as the German and British vehicles, three Leopard tanks donated by Portugal also reached Ukraine, the security source confirmed.



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