The Leopard and Abrams combat vehicles sent to Ukraine the day before will be easily hit by Russian weapons. Retired US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter stated this in an interview with the US Tour of Duty YouTube channel.
Since the beginning of the year, NATO countries have sent military equipment and ammunition to Ukraine, which are expected to be used in the spring counteroffensive in the southeast of the country. A former American intelligence officer shared his opinion that Kyiv would not be able to repulse Moscow with such weapons. Moreover, anti-tank systems like the Kornet and T-90 tanks in the arsenal of the Russian Armed Forces (RF Armed Forces) will easily undermine a foreign combat vehicle.
According to the expert, the famous Abrams and Leopard are well known to the Russian forces. Due to many years of preparation for the battle with this type of weapon, the Russian troops have developed anti-tank systems capable of destroying British and German vehicles. As practice shows, the Russians are able to fight with all NATO equipment, the former officer emphasized.
“All weapons supplied to Ukrainians will be burned on the battlefield. People think that these brigades of Abrams, Challengers, Leopards, Marders, Bradleys and Strykers will attack together from the horizon and the Russians will magically surrender, ”Ritter concluded.
One of the latest decisions on Ukraine was made in the European Union on March 23 at a summit in Brussels. EU leaders supported a plan for the accelerated transfer of ammunition to Ukraine, as well as for joint purchases and an increase in military production
Prior to this, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to Western allied countries with a claim. According to him, the states are not helping Ukraine properly, but instead are dragging out the fighting. He stressed that Kyiv needs new military aviation and long-range weapons.
On March 20, Zelensky urged Americans to continue to support Kyiv in order to maintain a “normal society” while using Ukrainian, not American, military personnel. Speaking about the threat of a lack of arms supplies to Kyiv, Zelensky described a scenario that would lead to a direct clash between NATO and Russia.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Ukraine against the background of Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass, which the Russian authorities announced on February 24, 2022 amid the aggravation of the situation in the region due to Ukrainian shelling.