U.S. tanks, military aid to Ukraine on hold

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After weeks of discussion, the Biden administration has chosen to delay sending tanks to Ukraine, The Hill reported.

It “doesn’t make sense” to provide Ukraine the tanks at this point, deputy Pentagon press secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters on Thursday.

In the midst of its conflict with Russia, Ukraine has been requesting the M1 Abrams main combat tank and other contemporary tanks for months.

In order to maintain the advantage in the conflict, Ukraine must launch another significant counteroffensive of its own in the spring in addition to anticipating a significant offensive from Russia.

Although Kyiv has access to Soviet-era tanks that have been refurbished for usage, it would prefer the firepower provided by contemporary tanks with western designs.

“There is no rational reason why Ukraine has not yet been supplied with Western tanks,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier this month.

Oleksii Reznikov, the defense minister for Ukraine, tweeted a request to those nations on Thursday to join a global “tank coalition in support of” Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz informed American legislators at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday that Germany will not transfer or send tanks to Ukraine unless the United States consents to do the same.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) was among the four persons with knowledge of the conversation who highlighted the courteous tone of the dialogue in Davos and the gulf between Washington and Berlin on the tank deal.

Due to Germany’s reliance on the US as a nuclear deterrent and the fact that they are “much closer to this fight than we are,” Moulton claimed that Scholz’s request was “fairly reasonable.”

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