Source: China News Client
US President Biden announced at the White House on the 25th that the US will provide Ukraine with 31 M1 “Abrams” main battle tanks.
The M1 tank entered service in the 1980s and is the main battle tank of the US Army. The $400 million in military aid will come in the form of military procurement, rather than direct allocations from DoD stockpiles.
Biden said that the number of tanks provided by the United States can equip a battalion of the Ukrainian army. However, it will take time for these tanks to arrive in Ukraine.
Biden also said that the U.S. side will provide spare parts for M1 tanks at the same time, and provide the Ukrainian army with corresponding training on tank operation, maintenance and logistical support as soon as possible.
Earlier in the day, Biden had a call with the leaders of Germany, France, Britain and Italy. Biden revealed that the content of the call discussion was to “continue to coordinate closely and fully support Ukraine.”
Prior to this, Western countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany have successively announced the supply of main battle tanks to Ukraine. This has also raised concerns about the escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.