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The United States will send 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine and Germany will send its own Leopard 2s – after weeks of persistent appeals from Kyiv for armament to help it fight the Russian invasion.
President Joe Biden said the battle tanks posed “no offensive threat”, while Russia denounced the decisions as an “extremely dangerous” step, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the move.
Urging allies to provide large quantities of tanks quickly, he said: “The key now is speed and volumes. Speed in training our forces, speed in supplying tanks to Ukraine. Figures in tank support.
Ukraine has sought hundreds of modern tanks to reclaim occupied territory in the south and east, with the two warring nations relying primarily on Soviet-era T-72 tanks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said any delivery of Abrams would be a waste of money because they “burn” like other tanks.
“He overestimates the potential he will add to the Ukrainian army. These tanks are burning like all the others,” Peskov told reporters.
US pledges ‘long-term commitment’ to Ukraine as it sends fleet of Abrams tanks and towing vehicles to Kyiv
The United States will provide 31 new M1 Abrams main battle tanks to the Ukrainian armed forces as part of American efforts to help bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s nearly year-long war, several have said. Biden administration officials.
The 31 tanks will be accompanied by eight M88 Recovery Vehicles – heavily armored tow trucks used to rescue tanks that have been disabled or damaged in combat – and will be enough to equip an entire Ukrainian tank battalion with the American-made beasts, which have first gained worldwide recognition for their firepower and armor capability during engagements with Iraqi forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Read this report from my colleague Andrew Feinberg to learn more about President Joe Biden’s commitments to Ukraine:
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 03:22
Explanation: why the United States gave up sending tanks to Ukraine
For months, US officials balked at sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, insisting they were too complicated and difficult to maintain and repair.
Yesterday, that suddenly changed. Ukraine’s desperate pleas for tanks have been answered with a transatlantic yes.
The dramatic reversal was the culmination of intense international pressure and a diplomatic twist that has unfolded over the past week. And that resulted in a rapid succession of announcements: the United States said it would send 31 of the 70-ton Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine, and Germany announced it would send 14 Leopard tanks 2 and would allow other countries to do the same.
A look at the massive combat weapon, why it matters in Ukraine’s war with Russia, and what prompted the Biden administration’s tank reversal:
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 06:30
Update: Ukraine declares air raid alert
Ukraine declared an air raid alert over most of the country this morning and regional authorities warned of a possible missile attack.
Electricity company DTEK said it was carrying out emergency power shutdowns in the capital Kyiv, the rest of the Kyiv region, as well as in the Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk regions due to a danger of missile attack.
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 6:27 a.m.
Breaking: Ukraine declares air raid alert
Ukraine has declared an air raid alert over most of the country, with authorities warning of a possible imminent missile attack.
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 6:15 a.m.
Editorial: German and U.S. Tank Commitment to Ukraine Fulfills Peace Obligation
Chancellor Scholz and his colleagues deserve the thanks of the whole world for their contribution to the security of independent nations everywhere.
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Emily AtkinsonJanuary 26, 2023 06:00
Ukrainian city of Odessa on UNESCO’s list of endangered heritage
The United Nations cultural agency decided yesterday to add the historic center of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa on the Black Sea to its list of endangered world heritage sites.
The decision was taken during an extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris.
The Director General of Unesco, Audrey Azoulay, welcomed this decision, saying that “the legendary port which marked cinema, literature and the arts” is “now placed under the reinforced protection of the international community”.
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 05:30
Japan’s top finance diplomat calls Ukraine’s responses top G7 priority
Japan, as G7 chair this year, expects Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to dominate discussions this year among the world’s major advanced economies, its top finance diplomat told Reuters. , Masato Kanda.
“Sanctions on Russia and support for Ukraine will be a top priority on the G7 finance track under Japan’s presidency,” said Kanda, who will oversee deputy-level negotiations on economic policy between the two sides. Group of Seven (G7) countries this year. interview.
Other issues high on the G7 agenda would include global debt issues, he said.
While aggressive interest rate hikes in the United States last year weighed on dollar-denominated emerging market debt, middle-income countries were left without an international agreement to deal with the debt crisis. .
“Japan is coordinating closely with international bodies such as the Paris Club or the IMF to ensure the participation of non-Paris Club members such as China and India,” Kanda said yesterday.
“It is desirable to work with these non-Paris Club countries in the same way with the Common Framework,” he said, referring to a Group of 20 mechanism designed to provide a rapid and comprehensive overhaul of debt to nations crumbling under the burden of debt after the Covid-19 Shock.
“If this happens, it would pave the way for other middle-income countries to undertake debt restructuring.”
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 5:15 a.m.
Western tanks ready for Ukraine as Sunak hails ‘right decision’
Dozens of modern NATO battle tanks are to be sent to Ukraine to bolster the fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion, ending weeks of diplomatic stalemate over the supply of armor to the country.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz approved the supply of the Leopard 2 to Kyiv, which would also allow other allies operating the tanks to re-export them.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said it was the “right move” and that the move would bolster Ukraine’s “defensive firepower”.
The United States has confirmed that it will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to the war zone.
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 05:00
Zelensky calls on the UN to act against deportations
President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged a senior UN official to help find a way to resolve what Ukrainian authorities say is a serious consequence of 11 months of war – the deportation to Russia of thousands of adults and children. children.
Ukraine has for months denounced reports of mass deportations to Russia, often to remote areas thousands of miles from Ukraine. Russia denies any suggestion of mistreatment or criminal intent, describing the mass movements as evacuations.
“The discussion focused first and foremost on our people whom the occupiers expelled to Russia,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address, referring to talks with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, earlier yesterday.
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 04:30
Biden says tanks pose ‘no offensive threat’ to Russia
President Joe Biden has said the Abrams tanks pose “no offensive threat” to Russia as he announces plans to supply them to Ukraine.
He said they were needed to help the Ukrainians “improve their ability to maneuver in open terrain”, a move Russia has denounced as an “extremely dangerous” step.
President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed this commitment and urged the allies to quickly provide large quantities of tanks.
“The key now is speed and volumes. Speed in training our forces, speed in delivering tanks to Ukraine. Tank support numbers,” he said in an overnight video address yesterday. “We have to form such a ‘tank fist’, such a ‘freedom fist’.”
Ukraine has sought out hundreds of modern tanks to give its troops the firepower needed to break through Russian defensive lines and retake occupied territory in the south and east. Ukraine and Russia mainly rely on Soviet-era T-72 tanks.
The tank pledge comes as Ukraine and Russia are set to launch new offensives in the war and fighting has intensified in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, officials said.
Namita SingJanuary 26, 2023 4:22 a.m.
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