BLUFGermany was reluctant to send tanks to Ukraine as it did not want to be singled out for Russian reprisals but President Biden has now agreed to send Abram tanks therefore Germany will send Leopard Tanks.
This BBC article makes the following points:
- Abram tanks are very complicated to operate and maintain.
- It will take time before Ukraine can use Abram tanks.
- Leopard tanks are much easier to operate; therefore, Ukraine is likely to be able to deploy them very quickly.
- Russia has condemned the moves as a "blatant provocation".
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References from the Web:
- 26 JAN 2023 Sending tanks to Ukraine makes one thing clear: this is now a western war against Russia | Martin Kettle | The Guardian
- 26 JAN 2023 M1 Abrams, Leopard 2, Challenger 2: These are the tanks Ukraine will get from the U.S. and Europe - CBS News
- 26 JAN 2023 In change of course, U.S. agrees to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine | Reuters
- Article Source: BBC - Homepage
- Media Check: BBC - Media Bias/Fact Check