U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed that his country will send 31 advanced M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, as he highlighted cooperation with Europe and thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for agreeing to send Leopard tanks to Kyiv.
Biden called the Abrams tanks the “most capable in the world,” in a speech at the White House on Wednesday. He said the U.S. would provide Ukraine with parts and equipment, in addition to training.
The president praised German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s earlier announcement that 14 Leopard tanks would be delivered to Ukraine.
“Germany has really stepped up and the chancellor has been a strong voice for unity” among Ukraine’s allies, Biden said.
“The expectation on the part of Russia is we’re going to break up,” Biden said of the U.S. and European allies. “But we are fully, totally and thoroughly united.”
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.
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