Welcome resolve from the West in the battle against Putin’s barbarism
SIR – Vladimir Putin and his cohort are gangsters who rob the Russian people and enrich themselves while believing that the West, fearing retaliation, would stand by and let them take Ukraine too.
Now the West has finally woken up and is arming Ukraine with heavier weapons to defeat the invaders (report, January 25). Germany hesitated, but its decision to send Leopard 2 tanks is to be welcomed.
After all, what would be the point of tanks standing on the Salisbury plain and in German camps when they can do vital work in Ukraine?
SIR – This is not a war with the Russian people, but with their tyrannical oppressor Vladimir Putin.
Our ancestors faced aggression in two world wars. It is now up to us to accept the risks that come with escalation. If Ukraine were taken, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania would be threatened by Putin’s expansionist ambitions. He can and must be stopped – with a liberty bonus for the Russian people if he is overthrown.
SIR – Two different reports on your front page yesterday were inextricably linked.
The first announced that the United States and Germany would finally be sending tanks to Ukraine, thereby reaffirming in the strongest possible terms that we in the West, led by Britain, are also at war with Putin’s Russia.
The second report concerned record taxes levied by the Treasury Department. We have an inflation rate that has been high for almost 40 years. Nobody likes high taxes or exorbitant energy bills, but you can’t fight a cheap war. Taxes and inflation are a price we must pay for our commitment to freedom.
The government needs to explain this connection much more clearly.
SIR: In the early 1990’s I commanded the Queen’s Own Hussars in Germany with more than 50 tanks. We were uniquely equipped with a mixed fleet of Chieftain and Challenger vehicles, which created major problems with logistics and training.
In the lead up to the Gulf War I was asked on short notice (a week) if it would be possible to retrain Chieftain crews on Challenger. Not only was that impossible back then, but it reminded us of the risks of managing two types of tanks.
Without coordinated action by countries donating equipment to Ukraine, these well-intentioned shipments could create additional difficulties for Ukraine’s armed forces at this crucial stage in the war.
Lt. Col. Charles Carter (retd)
SIR – If tanks, why not fighter planes?