US President Joe Biden confirmed that his country will send 31 advanced M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, highlighting cooperation with Europe thanked German Chancellor Olaf Schultz for Agree to send Leopard tanks to Kyiv.
Biden called the Abrams tanks “the most capable.” in the world”,” in Speech at the White House on Wednesday. He said that the United States will provide Ukraine with parts and equipment in In addition to training.
The president praised German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s order earlier announcement It will deliver 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Germany has really advanced up The advisor was strong voice for “Among Ukraine’s allies,” Biden said.
“Expectation on Section of Russia will break up, Biden said of The United States and European allies. “But we are totally, completely and comprehensively united.”
The United States has been nice to this idea of He deployed the hard-to-maintain Abrams tanks but had to change course in To persuade Germany to send files more Using the Leopard 2 tank easily to Ukraine.
Still, Abrams – among the most powerful American tanks – they will not be heading for Ukraine at any time soon.
Senior administrative officials who Brief the reporters on the decision He said it would take months, not weeks, for Abrams to be delivered and described move in terms of to provide for ukraine long-term defense.
members of Ukrainian military He will be trained on using Abrams in Not yet determined location. While highly developed and expensive A weapon, the Abrams are hard to maintain and provide logistical resupply challenge Because he runs on jet fuel.
the total cost of Single Abrams tanks can be different, and they can be over $10 million per tank when training and sufficiency are included.
the decisions By Washington and Berlin come the Western Allies help Ukraine is preparing for a possible spring counter-offensive to try drive Russia out of captured lands.
“nothing offensive Biden said.
Biden speaks with Schulz before announcement
Biden and Schultz spoke in Telephone conversation on Wed that also French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni participated in it.
Schulze’s spokesman confirmed call It was mentioned during the Biden era announcement on Wednesday.
the fiveway tel call focused on The security situation in Ukraine continued support for Ukrainian fight against Russian forces. All five heads of the country and government He agreed to continue military support for She said Ukraine is cooperating closely.