WASHINGTON: The United States announced it will supply Ukraine with 31 advanced M1 Abrams tanks in a matter of months, a decision that helped break a diplomatic logjam with Germany over how best to help Kyiv in its war against Russia.
President Joe Biden announced the decision in remarks at the White House, saying the tanks are needed to help the Ukrainians “improve their ability to maneuver in open terrain.”
Biden thanked Germany for its decision to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. “Germany has really stepped up,” he said.
“The expectation on the part of Russia is weâ€™re going to break up,â€ Biden said of the U.S. and European allies. â€œBut we are fully, totally and thoroughly united.â€
The United States had been cool to the idea of deploying the difficult-to-maintain Abrams tanks but had to change tack in order to persuade Germany to send its more easily used Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.