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Delivery of French AMX10-RC to Ukraine Agreed

Latest specification AMX10-RC wheeled tank destroyer [© Bob Morrison]

Delivery of French AMX10-RC agreed in telephone call by the French Minister for the Armed Forces and the Ukrainian Minister of Defence.

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Press Release, Paris, 13 January 2023: [auto-translated] Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of the Armed Forces, spoke by telephone with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov on Thursday January 12, 2023. This interview follows Sébastien Lecornu’s trip to Kyiv on December 28 and the telephone conversation of the President of the Republic with President Zelenskyy on January 4.

The Minister of the Armed Forces reaffirmed France’s unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. He also reiterated condemnation of Russian bombing campaigns targeting Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.

The two ministers discussed the implementation of the military aid provided by France to Ukraine. Minister Reznikov praised the quality of the Crotale air defence systems recently delivered by France and used to protect Kyiv during the recent Russian bombardments.

The ministers agreed that the delivery of the French-made light battle tanks, AMX10-RC, the principle of which was decided during the meeting between President Macron and President Zelenskyy on January 4, would take place within two months. They also acted on the rapid organisation of training for Ukrainian soldiers in the use of these tanks. The ministers finally made a progress report on the use of the special fund of 200 million Euros set up by France to enable Ukraine to provide itself with defence equipment.

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