The President of the USA, Joe Bidenhas announced this Wednesday that will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine and will immediately start training Ukrainian soldiers in its use and maintenance in a third country.
The tanks will take “months” to reach Ukraine and will be accompanied by armored recovery vehicles called M88which will serve to give them support, a senior US official has advanced in statements to the press.
According to that source, the Joe Biden government has decided to send exactly 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine because that figure is equivalent to a tank battalion in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Although the tanks will still take time to arrive, the United States will immediately begin training Ukrainian military personnel to learn how to operate the tanks. “complex” vehicles and can maintain them over time. The training will take place in a third country, not inside Ukraine, but the US government has not yet made public where it will take place.
For its part, the US Department of Defense is looking for mechanisms that allow sending to Ukraine equipment and fuel that the Abrams need, another senior official has detailed to reporters.
Biden also spoke this Wednesday by phone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholzwith his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macronand with the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and Italy, Rishi Sunak Y Giorgia Melonirespectively, has reported the White House.
As explained to the press by another official, the shipment of the Abrams tanks shows the “long-term commitment” of Washington with the defense of Ukraine and the “strong unity and determination” of the international community. Germany announced on Wednesday the shipment of 14 “Leopard 2 A6” tanks and other countries, such as Spainhave been willing to send those tanks to Ukraine.
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