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Not a ‘quick fix’: military experts explain how Western tanks could help Ukraine’s defense


As Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on, there is growing emphasis on the need to equip Kyiv with Western tanks.

While thousands of armored vehicles have been destroyed on both sides, Ukraine is heavily using older Soviet-era tanks to deal with Moscow’s offensive and is steadily running out of them.

Kyiv sees tanks as key to breaking through Russian lines and defeating an anticipated counteroffensive in the 11-month-old conflict. But despite the fact that tanks can play a crucial role, analysts told Euronews they won’t be the game changer one might expect.

“It’s not the magic bullet. It’s not something that will radically change the course of war,” said Johannes Anderson of the Swedish Defense Research Agency.

“In addition, tactically they are totally dependent on short-range support from infantry fighting vehicles.”

German Leopard 2s are operational in most European armies and continental NATO forces, making supplies readily available and tanks easier to repair.

A battle tank is a desirable addition to a battalion of lighter tanks like the French AMX-10 RC and the American Bradley infantry support vehicle, both of which are to be delivered to Ukraine.

But Western analysts and Ukrainian army experts said the qualities and shortcomings of the latest Russian tanks are still not known.

“There is no reason to assume that Western tanks will be far superior to Russian tanks,” Andersen added.

“They can be good at different things. So it’s also a matter of context and how you deploy them.”

According to military experts, to make a difference on the battlefield, the Ukrainian army would need more than 500 tanks.

For more, watch the Euronews report in the video above.

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