It’s official: The United States will supply Ukraine 31 Abrams tanks after Germany has unlocked, after weeks of debates and pressure from the allies, the delivery of 14 of its Leopard 2 and those owned by countries such as Poland and Spain.
This was confirmed this Wednesday by Joe Biden himself during a press conference in which he acknowledged that “armored capability has been critical for Ukraine”. Likewise, the US president has revealed that he “will take time to send the tanks”, but that Ukrainian soldiers will begin to be trained “as soon as possible”.
Just before his appearance, Biden has had telephone conversations with the French president Emmanuel Macron; the German Chancellor, Olaf Schölz; Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloniand the premier British, Rishi Sunak, according to the White House. “We are united with Europe on the defense of Ukraine,” Biden said.
[Los ucranianos precisarán “varias semanas, incluso meses” de instrucción para saber manejar los Leopard]
In parallel, the Ukrainian defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikocand its American counterpart, Lloyd Austinthey discussed the “strengthening of the Ukrainian army and the supply and maintenance of new weapons.” “Soon more good news will be announced“, Reznikov advanced this afternoon on his Twitter account.
The Biden Administration’s decision to respond to Volodimir Zelensky’s requests to send his more modern and sophisticated armored vehicles has been known since Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal He already announced that Washington and Berlin had closed an agreement to send this type of heavy weapons. The 31 Abrams delivery operation It will cost approximately $400 million, according to agency estimates. Bloomberg.
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