The US will deliver 31 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine. The US government announced this on Wednesday. This will allow Kiev to better defend itself in the face of Russia’s offensive war, a senior White House official said Wednesday. The 31 tanks correspond to the equipment of a Ukrainian tank battalion.
US President Joe Biden announced that Ukrainian soldiers should be instructed in the operation of the tank as soon as possible. Biden stressed that the US and its allies will continue to do everything they can to help Ukraine.
Germany supplies 14 Leopard tanks
It is already certain that Germany will also deliver 14 Leopard 2 A6 main battle tanks to Ukraine. This was announced by German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit on Wednesday. In addition, the German government has allowed other states to supply their own Leopard tanks to Ukraine. This was announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Federal Cabinet.
According to German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, the first Leopard tanks could be in Ukraine in about three months. Months of debate preceded the decision.
Ukraine wants to form a ‘tank coalition’
Ukraine has described the German government’s decision as a “first step”. The next step is the formation of a “tank coalition,” Andriy Yermak, director of the presidential bureau, wrote on Telegram: “We need a lot of leopards.”