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Zelensky: France to provide light tanks and Bastion APCs to Ukraine

France will provide Ukraine with light tanks and Bastion armoured personnel carriers, Ukraine’s President Zelensky announced following his meeting with the French leader Emmanuel Macron.

“[I] thanked [Macron] for the decision to transfer light tanks and Bastion APCs to Ukraine, as well as for intensifying work with partners in the same direction. [We also] agreed on further cooperation to significantly strengthen air defence and other defence capabilities,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

Macron confirmed this on his Twitter page: “I confirmed to President Zelensky that France would provide light combat tanks and continue its support in terms of air defence.”

Reuters reported, citing a French official, that AMX-10 RCs are the machines in question, but no further details were provided.

France’s L’Indépendant has noted that “this is the first time that Western-designed tanks have been supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces”, citing the Elysee, the French Presidency. “There are ongoing discussions about delivering more armour," says the media outlet.

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