US, Germany Likely To Send Tanks To Ukraine In Potential War Turning Point

The US, Germany have the ability to send tanks to Ukraine in a potential war turning point

The Kremlin has said that supplying Ukraine with tanks will not help. (Represent)


Sources said the United States is expected to announce as soon as Wednesday that it will send heavy tanks to Ukraine, and Germany has decided to do the same, a reversal that Kyiv has said would reshaping the war with Russia.

Hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy turned 45 on Wednesday, he urged allies to move forward by providing his forces with more than five to 15 modern tanks.

“Discussions must end with decisions,” Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address. “Decisions about really strengthening our defenses against terrorists. Allies have the necessary tanks.”

Just days after debating approving Kiev’s demands, Washington is poised to begin a process that will eventually send M1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine, two US officials told Reuters on Tuesday. A third official said the US commitment could total about 30 tanks delivered in the coming months.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine and allow other countries like Poland to do the same, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Spiegel magazine, which first reported it, said that Germany was planning to supply at least one company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks, which usually consists of 14 tanks. Other allies, for example in Scandinavia, intend to cooperate with Germany in supplying their Leopard tanks to Kiev, the magazine reported.

While there has been no official confirmation from Berlin or Washington, officials in Kiev have hailed what they say is a potential game-changer on the battlefield in a war that has now lasted 11 months – right now. even if the rumored number of tanks wasn’t what they expected.

“Several hundred tanks for our tank fleet…. This is what will become a real punch of democracy,” Andriy Yermak, head of Zelenskiy’s administration, wrote on Telegram.

Kyiv has for months begged Western tanks, which it says will give its forces the firepower and mobility to breach Russia’s defenses and recapture occupied territory to the east and west. male. Germany has been restrained, wary of moves that could lead Moscow to escalate tensions.


The front lines in the war, which stretched more than 1,000 kilometers through eastern and southern Ukraine, were largely frozen for two months despite heavy losses on both sides. Russia and Ukraine are both believed to be planning new attacks.

Zelenskiy said on Tuesday night that Russia was stepping up its push towards Bakhmut, an industrial town in eastern Ukraine that has been the focus of intense fighting. “They want to increase the pressure on a larger scale,” he said.

Whether to supply Ukraine with a significant number of modern heavy battle tanks has dominated discussions among Kiev’s Western allies in recent days.

The Kremlin said supplying Ukraine with tanks would not help and that the West would regret having “illusioned” that Kiev could win the battlefield.

Berlin has become a mainstay because the German-made Leopards, equipped by around 20 armies around the world, are considered by many to be the best choice. The tanks are available in large numbers and are easy to deploy and maintain.

Although American Abrams tanks are considered less suitable due to their high fuel consumption and difficulty in maintenance, the US move to send them to Ukraine could help Germany, which has called for a united front between the two countries. Ukraine’s allies – allow supply. of leopards.

Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the “special military operation” that began when his troops invaded Ukraine on 24 February last year as a battle for defense and survival against an aggressive and arrogant West. .

Ukraine and the West call Russia’s move an unprovoked land grab to subjugate a former Soviet republic that Moscow considers an artificial state.


On Tuesday alone, Ukraine fired more than a dozen senior officials as part of an anti-corruption drive made more important by the need to keep Western supporters around.

The European Union, which proposed Ukraine as a candidate member last June, welcomed the development.

Among the Ukrainian officials who have resigned or been dismissed are the governors of the Kyiv, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, the following three frontline provinces. Kyiv and Sumy were major battlefields earlier in the war.

Some, though not all, of the officials leaving were linked to corruption allegations.

Ukraine has a history of corruption and mismanagement, and is under international pressure to prove it can be a reliable steward of billions of dollars in Western aid.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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