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Kremlin Warns Western Tanks Will “Burn Out” If Sent To Ukraine | News | T.W.

The Kremlin said this Wednesday (01.25.2023) that Western tanks would “burn up” if they were delivered to Ukraine, as Germany and the US offered to authorize the delivery of heavy battle tanks to Kyiv. Berlin announced today that it is sending its Leopard 2 to Ukrainian forces, and could soon approve shipments from other countries. However, the Pentagon has said there is no announcement of delivery of Abrams tanks “at this time”.

“The West is overestimating the possibility of supplying (tanks) to the Ukrainian army,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Those tanks will burn like any other. They are very expensive,” he asserted. However, he admitted, “the overall situation is very dangerous.”

Peskov added, “Taking into account the line chosen by NATO and the US leadership, there is no possibility of a détente in any of the elements.” “This places an obligation on us to be particularly alert, to be vigilant and to take appropriate measures,” Peskov said.

Different answers

In recent days, the Kremlin has given mixed responses to Kyiv’s allies’ intentions to supply Panther tanks. This week Peskov said the delivery of German tanks to Ukraine would leave an “indelible mark” on the future of relations between Berlin and Moscow.

He previously said that Western weapons supplied to Ukraine would only serve to prolong the conflict and the suffering of Ukrainian citizens. Today, Russia’s ambassador to the US said such an extradition would be “a serious provocation against Russia”. “It is no longer possible to justify it with ‘defensive weapons’ arguments,” he said.

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The doomsday clock was moved forward

The doomsday clock is 90 seconds from midnight, displaying the probability of humanity’s extinction. The agency responsible for managing the Doomsday Clock, which was created in 1947, decided to change the time on the clock 100 seconds from midnight for the first time in three years, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In 2020, that was until now.

“We want to turn back the clock, but we have to respond to what’s happening in the world,” physicist Daniel Holz, co-chair of the committee that determines the position of the hands every year, explained to Efe. the previous day. “If you look at what’s happening in Ukraine, the weather disasters… it’s very hard to say things are getting better,” he added.

The situation today is worse than it was in 1953, when the clock struck two seconds from midnight to midnight during the most tense period of the Cold War when the Soviets and Americans conducted their first thermonuclear weapons tests.

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