Over the last two weeks, following meetings at both Davos and the base in Ramstein, Germany, a series of deals have been announced that will send a plethora of Western weapons to Ukraine. The focus of much of the debate over these weeks has been on main battle tanks, with Ukraine desperately needing something to give it the edge against the Russian armor that has proven to be effective in multiple engagements. In short, Russia may have lost over 1,600 tanks in Ukraine, but the tank is definitely not dead, Russia has thousands more, and Ukraine wants to match them with better Western tanks.
After much wrangling, diplomacy, and public pressure, Germany has agreed to send Ukraine some of its Leopard 2 main battle tanks and agreed to allow other nations that purchased Leopard 2 tanks to send some of their tanks to Ukraine. Reportedly, part of the deal in getting Germany to send their tanks was an agreement for the U.S. to send its M1A2 Abrams tank, and that’s what President Joe Biden is expected to talk about when he addresses the nation at noon Eastern Time today.
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