Washington: Marking A fundamental shift has occurred in the nature and scope of western military support UkraineThe US and Germany We have made the decision to supply battle tanks to Kyiv Both to mount a more effective resistance to an expected new round of Russian Change the dynamic in eastern Asia by reducing aggression Ukraine.
While President Joe Biden US to send 31 M1s Abrams Tanks Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Declared that Berlin Send a company of 14 A6 Leopard 2 tanks Kyiv. The After weeks of discussions and divergences between the US, and this decision is reached. GermanyWith Berlin Asking Washington DC first to send tanks Germany Did so.
Announcing the US’s decisiOn from the White House on Wednesday, Biden It was 11 months ago. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine And through it all, there is the Ukrainian People had displayed their courage through every step. Americans They had shown unwavering support and were strong; the US and its allies Nato Allies were united in total.
Biden With spring fast approaching, Ukrainians They were preparing for counteroffensives and defending the territory they had. “To liberate their land, they need to be able to counter Russia’s evolving tactics and strategy in the battlefield in the very near term. They need to improve their ability to manoeuvre in open terrain. They need an enduring capability to deter and defend against Russian aggression in the long term.”
Biden The war effort was aided by armoured capabilities. “Today I am announcing that the United States will be sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the equivalent of one Ukrainian battalion. Secretary (Lloyd) Austin has recommended this step because I want to enhance the Ukraine’s capacity to defend its territory and achieve its strategic objectives. The Abrams tanks are the most capable tanks in the world.”
Biden The tanks are also very complex to operate and maintain. This is why the US was also providing assistance. Ukraine Get the parts and equipment you need to support the tanks on the field and start training Ukrainian Truce for sustainment, logistics, and maintenance. He It was also noted that the delivery of the tanks would take some time.
Biden The decision was made in consultation with allies, and the announcement was specifically hailed Scholz For his leadership and support Ukraine. “Germany has really stepped up”.
The President Trump clarified that US support was not about aid. Ukraine It defends its land, and is not an offensive threat Russia And he said that if Moscow The war would have been over if the US withdrew its troops.
He It was said that Russian President Vladimir Putin Expected the US to European Support to Ukraine To crumble with the passage of time. “But he was wrong. He was wrong.”
Earlier On WednesdayA spokesperson for German Government announced that Scholz Had told the Cabinet That Germany Had decided to provide Ukraine With the Leopard 2 battle tanks. “This is the result of intensive consultations with Germany’s closest European and international partners,” Scholz said.
The German government’s spokesperson said that Germany Would quickly put together two tanks battalions. Leopard 2 tanks. “As as first step, Germany will provide a company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from Budeshwer stocks. Other European partners will also hand over Leopard 2 tanks. Training of Ukrainians crews is to begin soon in Germany. In addition to training, the package will also include logistics, ammunition and maintenance.”
Germany It said that it will also issue the appropriate transfer licence to partner countries who want to deliver quickly Leopard 2 tanks were taken from their stocks. Ukraine.
The It is significant because the US has been cautious in the nature and amount of military assistance it has provided. UkraineIt’s important to balance it against the potential for escalation. While Ukraine Has sought 300 battle tanks in order to dent Russian Capabilities and fighting Moscow’s offensive – it has so far been using Soviet The era tanks – there was intense debate over them for weeks Washington DC, Brussels?, and Berlin Concerning whether to grant the request.
Despite Other pressures Nato allies, Berlin It maintained that it would send only tanks to Ukraine It would be great if the US did. Scholz The green signal was only given when it became obvious that the US would send the tanks. Germany’s decision marks yet another step in the evolution of its national security outlook over the past year, moving from a policy of not providing any weapons to warring parties before the war commenced to now supporting Ukraine With even battle tanks.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky We are happy with the outcome. He tweeted, “Germany main battle ranks, further broadening of defense support & training missions, green light for partners to supply similar weapons. Just heard about these important & timely decisions in a call with @OlafScholz. Sincerely grateful to the Chancellor..”
The United Kingdom Already announced that it will send 14 of its employees. Challenger 2 tanks Ukraine.