makes Ukraine tank announcement


The US will ship 31 Abrams foremost battle tanks to Ukraine, President Joe Biden introduced in a rapidly scheduled speech on Wednesday, after Germany stated it could begin delivering its Leopard MBTs to the federal government in Kiev. 

The speech was introduced on Wednesday morning as a last-minute addition to the White Home schedule. 

Calling the Abrams the “most succesful tanks on this planet,” Biden famous they’re sophisticated to function and preserve, so the US will probably be giving Ukraine “elements and gear essential to successfully maintain these tanks on the battlefield.”

Earlier within the day, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated Berlin would ship 14 of its personal Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine and permit different EU and NATO nations to do the identical with theirs. “We’re performing in a carefully coordinated method internationally,” Scholz stated in an announcement.

Poland had pushed for sending the Leopards to Kiev as a part of an “worldwide coalition,” however the transfer required Berlin’s approval. German officers signaled final week that the US would wish to decide to sending the Abrams tanks first.

The US navy has reportedly been reluctant, contemplating the gas-guzzling, turbine-powered Abrams too troublesome to function and preserve and too heavy for Ukrainian infrastructure. 


Russia’s ambassador to Washington has described the rumored supply of US tanks to Kiev as “one other blatant provocation” by the “actual aggressor” within the battle, including that they’ll “little question be destroyed” together with different {hardware} that NATO has poured into Ukraine over the previous yr.

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