US and Germany ready to send tanks to Ukraine; After months of reluctance, the United States and Germany are planning to send tanks to Ukraine. Which Kyiv hopes can make a difference on the battlefield.
US President Joe Biden’s administration is expect to deploy at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also decided to send at least 14 Leopard 2 tanks. He plans to speak in parliament on Wednesday morning.
Russia’s ambassador to the United States called the news “another brazen provocation.”
And the Kremlin spokesman said that Germany’s announced decision will lead to “nothing good. Will leave a “lasting mark” on relations with Russia.
Ukrainian officials say the heavier weapons are urgently need. Say enough combat equipment could help Kiev’s forces wrest territory from the Russians.
US and Germany ready to send tanks to Ukraine; But so far the US and Germany have resisted internal and external pressure to send their tanks to Ukraine.
Washington cited the extensive training and maintenance required for the Abrams’ advanced technology.
The Germans have endured months of painful political debate over concerns. That sending the tanks would escalate the conflict and make NATO a direct player in the war with Russia.
According to US Media Reports, Abrams’ deployments to Ukraine may be announc as early as Wednesday. At least 30 people may be sent, according to anonymous officials.
However, the timing remains unclear and it could take months for US combat vehicles to reach the battlefield.
German officials reportedly argued. That they would only approve the transfer of Leopard 2s to Ukraine if the United States also sent the M1 Abrams.
“If the Germans continue to say that we will only send or release Leopards on the condition. That the Americans Send Abrams. Then we will have to send Abrams,” B. Chris Coons, a Biden ally, told Politico on Tuesday.
Britain has already said it will send Challenger Two tanks to Ukraine.
Poland, one of 16 European and NATO countries with German-made Leopard 2 tanks. Has pus for the vehicles to be sent to Ukraine, but export regulations require Berlin’s approval.
Ukraine Remains Unlikely to get the 300 modern main battle tanks it says it needs to win the war.
But if half a dozen Western nations each provided 14 tanks. That would total almost 100 tanks — which could make a difference.
Western tanks – including Britain’s Challenger 2, Germany’s Leopard 2. The US-made Abrams – are all considered superior to their Soviet-era counterparts, such as the ubiquitous T-72.
They will provide greater protection, speed and accuracy to the Ukrainian crew.
But modern Western main tanks are not miracle weapons or game changers in themselves. This is also present next to them.
In recent weeks, there has been a significant change in the heavy weapons offer. By the West – including hundreds of armore vehicles, Artillery Systems and Ammunition.
Overall, these are military equipment need to break through Russian lines and reclaim territory.
If Ukrainian troops can be train and delivered in time, they could be key to any spring offensive. Air power remains the missing element of offensive operations.
Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has been asking the West for modern fighter jets. So far, none have been deliver.
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Although there was no official statement from the German government. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, a member of the liberal FDP party and chair of the German parliament’s defense committee, welcomed the reports.
“The decision was difficult, it took too long, but in the end it was inevitable. He said, adding that it was a relief to “the battered and brave Ukrainian people.”
In recent days, Allied nations have grown frustrated with the Germans’ reluctance to send armored vehicles.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said earlier. That Berlin had given other nations the green light to train the Ukrainians to use Leopard 2 tanks. But did not commit to sending its own.
Ukraine’s president’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, called on Western powers on Tuesday to give Kiev hundreds of tanks to form a “crushing fist” against Russia.
“Tanks are one of the components of returning Ukraine to its 1991 borders,” he wrote on Telegram.
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s Ambassador to Washington, wrote in the Telegram: “If the United States decides to deliver tanks, justifying such a move with the argument of “defense weapons” will not work in any way.”
“This would be one of the clearest provocations against Russia.