Britain wants Challenger tanks in Ukraine by end of March - minister

NATO eFP  battle group Iron Spear 2019 exercise in Adazi
British Army Challenger 2 tank fires during NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group Iron Spear 2019 exercise in Adazi, Latvia October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Britain hopes the Challenger 2 tanks it is supplying to Ukraine will arrive in the country at the end of March, defence department minister Alex Chalk said on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Britain said it would send 14 of its main battle tanks along with additional artillery support to Ukraine.

"The intention is that it will be at the end of March," he told parliament in response to a question asking when the tanks would arrive in Ukraine.

He said between now and then, Ukrainian forces would be trained intensively on how to operate and maintain the vehicles.

Other nations including the United States and Germany have also subsequently committed to supply tanks in moves hailed by Kyiv as a potential turning point in its battle to repel Russia's invasion.

Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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