French presidency announced on Wednesday after talks between Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the country will be the first western country to deliver armored tanks to Ukraine.
France has already delivered a lot of weapons including state-of-the-art artillery, armoured personnel carriers, anti-aircraft missiles and air-defence systems to Ukraine, but Emmanuel Macron has long been avoiding breaking off diplomatic contact with Vladimir Putin.
An aide to the French president told reporters on condition of anonymity after the phone call between Macron and Zelensky.
“The president wanted to increase… aid” to Ukraine “by accepting to deliver AMX-10 RC light tanks”
He further said,
“It is the first time that Western-designed tanks are supplied to the Ukrainian armed forces,”
The AMX-10 RC armoured vehicles are light and six-wheeled, rather than on tracks.