US follows Germany’s lead to send battle tanks to Ukraine

The U.S. agreed to send 31 tanks, and Germany agreed to 14.

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The United States announced it will send battle tanks to Ukraine to help the nation defend against Russia’s attacks. After Germany said it would send Leopard 2 battle tanks if the U.S. sent M1 Abrams battle tanks, the American government agreed and a deal was made.

Ukraine was lobbying the Western allies to aid in the war and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the agreement “an important step on the path to victory.”

“Today the free world is united as never before for a common goal—liberation of Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

The U.S. agreed to send 31 tanks, and Germany agreed to 14, Causes.com reported, which could take months to arrive in Ukraine. While hundreds of tanks are needed, the agreement with the U.S. and Germany “opens the door for a dozen other European countries to provide their own weaponry” and help Ukraine successfully defeat Russian forces, Causes.com reported.

“These tanks are further evidence of our enduring, unflagging commitment to Ukraine and our confidence in the skill of Ukrainian forces,” President Biden said.

Russia condemned the agreement calling it an “extremely dangerous decision” and warned it will “[take] the conflict to a new level of confrontation.” President Biden countered Russia’s German ambassador, Sergey Yuryevitch Nechayev’s, statement and said the agreement will not heighten the war.

“There is no offensive threat to Russia,” Bident said. “If Russian troops return to Russia, where they belong, this war would be over today.” 

NATO allies said the agreement is necessary to keep Ukraine an independent nation.

“At a critical moment in Russia’s war, these can help Ukraine to defend itself, win and prevail as an independent nation,” Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said.

“Together we are stronger…,” Britain’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said. “We will not stand idly by and watch Ukraine bleed to death. Ukraine and Europe will win this war…”

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