Russia could regard the use of Leopard 2 tanks as well as the Bradley and Marder infantry fighting vehicles it would send to NATO country Ukraine as the use of “dirty” nuclear bombs, Russian diplomat Konstantin Gavrilov warned.
He explained that uranium-tipped projectiles could be used in Leopard 2 tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.
“If such shells are supplied to Kyiv for NATO’s heavy military equipment, we will regard it as the use of dirty nuclear bombs against Russia,” Gavrilov said during a plenary meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation. I will agree.” (quoted by RIA Novosti “).
He warned NATO countries against “encouraging nuclear provocation and blackmail”. According to him, such shells would lead to “pollution of the area”. According to him, such incidents with these shells have happened earlier in Yugoslavia and Iraq.
Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev said that Germany’s decision to transfer modern battle tanks to Ukraine would escalate the conflict to a new level.
Russian ambassador Sergei Nechaev said, “This extremely dangerous decision takes the conflict to a new level of confrontation and goes against the statements of German politicians, who assured their reluctance.”
On 25 January, Germany announced that it would supply 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks to Ukraine from Bundeswehr stocks. This was announced at a government meeting by Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Berlin would also allow the re-export of the tanks to other countries. This will allow you to quickly complete at least two battalions.
Scholz’s office said training of Ukrainian personnel would begin in Germany and that the package would also include ammunition and vehicle maintenance.
In total, Kyiv will receive more than a hundred modern battle tanks, including the German Leopard and the American Abrams. This was announced by Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the President’s Office.