Kiev wants M-1 Abrams and Leopard tanks, but they would be difficult to maintain and operate, the sources say
The West is “dragging your feetOn deliveries of high-end tanks to Ukraine during the conflict with Russia, Politico reported Thursday. According to the outlet’s sources, Western armor supplies would present a number of technical problems.
According to US officials, Ukrainian advisers and congressional aides, Kiev urgently wants American-made M-1 Abrams and German-made Leopard tanks to organize new offensives against Russia. However, officials in both countries have been reluctant to give the green light to deliveries due to training and logistics issues.
“These are not rental cars, there is a lot to do“Retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the former commander of the US Army in Europe, told the outlet, adding that”hundreds of additional things“Need to accompany the tanks.
Politico noted that the M-1 tanks differ completely from the Soviet-era armor used by the Kiev forces. An unnamed US official told the outlet that it would be difficult to send not only the tanks to Ukraine, but also the parts to maintain them.
“You don’t want to give them something that breaks down and runs out of gas and they can’t refuel them“He said.
According to the official, the German Leopards present fewer challenges because they are similar to the tanks that Kiev already operates and do not consume as much fuel as the Abrams.
Earlier this month, however, Berlin refused to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht explained that no other country has delivered Western-made armored or infantry vehicles to Kiev and Germany “will not take such action unilaterally.“
Germany supported Ukraine with other military hardware, including Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers, and Gepard anti-aircraft tanks.
The United States has so far committed approximately $ 16 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office, providing Kiev with large amounts of military equipment, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, high-speed artillery missile systems. mobility (HIMARS), dozens of howitzers, and hundreds of drones.
Moscow has stated on numerous occasions that arms supplies from Washington and its allies will only prolong the conflict in Ukraine and increase the risk of a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.
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