U.S. will send Abrams tanks to Ukraine ahead of expected Russian offensive
- The Biden administration will send 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine as the country prepares for a fresh Russian offensive in the coming months.
- The move is a reversal after the U.S. hesitated for weeks to arm Kyiv with tanks.
- The development came as Germany also moved to send tanks to help Ukraine in its fight.
WASHINGTON The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it will equip Ukraine with the mighty M1A1 Abrams tank, a key reversal in the West's effort to arm Kyiv as it prepares for a fresh Russian offensive.
The 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks, which amount to one Ukrainian tank battalion, will expand on the more than $26 billion the U.S. has committed to Kyiv's fight since Russia invaded nearly a year ago.
The U.S. will also provide eight M88 recovery vehicles that support the M1A1 Abrams. The Biden administration will also send more than 500 armored vehicles of various types to bolster Ukraine's military.
The U.S. plans to purchase the new M1s using funds from the congressionally approved Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
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