Ukraine has been seeking to increase its defence capabilities in the face of a continued Russian threat on its eastern border. The country is currently in negotiations with several countries to purchase tanks, which it hopes will improve its defence capabilities.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Andriy Taran, recently said that the country was in talks with several countries, including the US, Turkey and India, to purchase tanks. He said that the tanks, which will be used for the Ukrainian army, would primarily be used to defend the country’s borders.
The tanks would also be used to improve the country’s ability to respond to any potential Russian aggression. Taran said that the tanks would provide a “deterrent” against further military action from Russia.
The tanks being sought by Ukraine include the M1A2 Abrams tank, which is produced by the US, and the T-90 tank, which is produced by Russia. Taran said that Ukraine was also looking into the possibility of purchasing the Turkish-made Altay tank, as well as other tanks produced by India.
Ukraine is reportedly looking to acquire up to 200 tanks in total, with the prices of the tanks ranging from $3 million to $5 million. The country is also reportedly seeking to raise $1 billion to fund the purchase of the tanks.
The potential purchase of the tanks comes as tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain high. In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, which has been a major source of tension between the two countries. The two countries have also clashed over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been ongoing since 2014.
The purchase of the tanks would significantly increase Ukraine’s defence capabilities and could potentially help to deter further Russian aggression against the country. However, it remains to be seen if Ukraine will be able to secure the necessary funds to purchase the tanks.