Kiev wants M-1 Abrams and Leopard tanks, but they will be difficult to maintain and operate, sources say
The West is “pull its legsOn the delivery of high-end battle tanks to Ukraine amid the conflict with Russia, Politico reported on Thursday. According to the outlet’s sources, the Western supply of armor will cause some technical problems.
According to US officials, Ukrainian advisers and congressional aides, Kiev urgently wants the US-made M-1 Abrams and the German-made Leopard tank to take new offensive actions against Russia. However, officials in both countries were reluctant to announce the deliveries due to training and logistics issues.
“These are not rental cars, there are a lot of things that come with it“hundreds of extras“Need to go with the tanks.
Politico notes that the M-1 tank is completely different from the Soviet-era armor used by Kiev’s forces. An unnamed US official told the agency that it is difficult to send Ukraine not only tanks but also parts to maintain them.
“You don’t want to give them something that will break and run out of gas and they can’t refuel“I said.
According to the official, the German Leopards face less of a challenge because they are similar to the tanks Kiev already operates and do not consume as much fuel as the Abrams.
However, earlier this month, Berlin refused to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht explained that no other country has delivered Western-made armored vehicles or infantry fighting vehicles to Kiev and Germany.will not take such action unilaterally.“
Germany has been supporting Ukraine with other military assets, including the Stinger anti-aircraft missile system, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzer and the Gepard anti-aircraft gun tank.
The United States has so far pledged about $16 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office, providing Kiev with a large amount of military equipment, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, systems. high mobility missiles (HIMARS), dozens of artillery pieces, and hundreds of drones.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that supplying weapons from Washington and its allies will only prolong the conflict in Ukraine and increase the risk of direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.