US ‘leaning towards’ sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fire a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun toward Russian positions near Bakhmut in Donetsk region - STRINGER/REUTERS
Ukrainian servicemen fire a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun toward Russian positions near Bakhmut in Donetsk region – STRINGER/REUTERS

The US is “leaning toward” sending a significant number of Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine, according to reports, with an announcement on the deliveries is expected to come as soon as this week.

The move by the Biden administration, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, will pile further pressure on Germany to agree to send its own Leopard II tanks to Ukraine or grant re-export licences to allies.

Berlin previously said it will only allow the export of Leopards if the United States also supplies its own Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

Ukraine says heavily armoured Western battle tanks would give its troops more mobility and protection ahead of a new Russian offensive that Kyiv expects in the near future. They could also help Ukraine retake some of the territory that has fallen to Russia.

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