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As expected, the US is supplying Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks. This was announced by US President Joe Biden.


The United States will deliver 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine. This was announced by US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, after the German government announced the delivery of German Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

Abrams delivery takes a while

According to Biden, the delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine “will take some time”. Biden said in Washington on Wednesday that time must be used to ensure that Ukrainians are fully prepared to “integrate Abrams tanks into their defences”.

Abrams tanks are the most powerful tanks in the world, but they are also extremely complex to operate and maintain.

Joe Biden

The US orders the tanks from the industry, so it is not clear when they will arrive in Ukraine.

Germany, France, Great Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA will now together deliver hundreds of heavy tanks to Ukraine.

Biden: Tanks help Ukraine

Biden insisted that supplying Ukraine with Western main battle tanks did not pose a “threat of attack” for Russia. Biden said main battle tanks should help Ukraine “defend and protect Ukrainian territory”.

This is not a threat of attack for Russia.

Joe Biden

The US President said the main battle tank shipments were part of efforts by the US and its allies to help Ukraine “defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity”. “It’s all about that.”

Biden thanks Scholz

In his speech, Biden thanked Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) for first delivering 14 German Leopard 2 main battle tanks from Bundeswehr stockpiles to Ukraine. “I would like to thank the Chancellor for his unwavering commitment and leadership in our joint efforts to support Ukraine,” the President said. said.

Scholz is a “strong, powerful voice for unity” and a “close friend”. After weeks of hesitation, Scholz announced on Wednesday that 14 Leopard 2 tanks would be delivered to Ukraine. Now the USA has done the same with 31 M1 Abrams tanks. Transatlantic tensions had previously arisen in discussions over the delivery of main battle tanks to Ukraine.

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Source: ZDF

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