Justin Bronk, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, described it as playing a "very important role" in defeating the Russian offensive early in the war. MBT LAW anti-tank missile Photo Credit: BBC News tank Ukraine has phone database acquired more than 230 Warsaw Pact-era tanks from Poland and the Czech Republic. The Ukrainian U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei on the evening of Tuesday (August 2) local time with a delegation. According to Taiwan media reports, Pelosi and his party will call on the Taiwan Legislative Yuan on the morning of the 3rd and hold talks with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The report also said that Pelosi will accept a public interview with the media while in Taiwan and is expected to leave Taiwan on the afternoon of the 3rd. Since Washington cut diplomatic ties with Taipei and established diplomatic ties with Beijing in the 1970s, the highest-ranking U.S. political figure who has visited Taiwan has been the Speaker of the House of Representatives. In April 1997, Republican Newt Gingrich, the then Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Taiwan in a "whirlwind". After Pelosi announced plans to visit Taiwan, Beijing sparked a strong reaction. China saw it as a provocative move, saying it would respond with a number of military exercises and live ammunition. Shortly before Pelosi's flight arrived in Taiwan, Beijing's state media CCTV News broadcast the latest news that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Su-35 fighter jet was crossing the Taiwan Strait. However, the report did not provide further details. Pelosi: The world faces a 'choice between democracy and authoritarianism' Pelosi posted on Twitter after landing in Taiwan that her delegation's visit was in keeping with the United States' "unwavering commitment to support Taiwan's vibrant democracy.