In one day, the Ukrainian defense will have completely changed in dimension. Joe Biden promised this Thursday the next dispatch of American heavy armored vehicles of the “Abrams” type to kyiv, a few hours after Berlin has decided to send the German equivalent to Ukraine: the “Leopard 2”. US to deliver 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, senior US official announces
This announcement was awaited by the experts, the American president having announced at the beginning of the afternoon the holding of a press conference devoted to “continued support for Ukraine”.
Until recently, the United States said it was not ready to provide its most advanced heavy tanks to fight the Russian invasion, justifying this refusal by questions of maintenance and training.
A few hours earlier on Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had given his approval to send his Ukrainian ally the German equivalent: the “Leopard 2”. Westerners had hitherto limited themselves to supply of light tanks like the German “Marder” or the French “AMX”, fearing that the delivery of heavy armored vehicles would lead to an escalation of the conflict and a complete breakdown of the dialogue with Moscow.
14 “Leopard 2”
But faced with pressure from the Ukrainian president, who said on Friday that his allies would have “no other solution” than to send tanks heavy in Ukraine, Berlin finally gave in. Olaf Scholz thus announced before the Bundestag the dispatch of 14 Leopard 2 type 2A6 from the stocks of his army.
Berlin has also decided to allow its Western allies with these German-made tanks such as Poland to do the same.
“This is an extremely dangerous decision that will bring the conflict to a new level of confrontation,” warned Russian Ambassador to Berlin Sergei Netchaev. “This convinces us once again that Germany, like its closest allies, does not want a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis and wants a permanent escalation,” he said. said again.