Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Abrams transport would be a waste of money because it would “burn” like other Ukrainian tanks.
The head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andriy Yermak, hailed the tank’s unveiling as a “historic day” that would help determine the outcome of the war.
Mr Biden said the U.S. decision was not in response to pressure from Germany, responding to reporters’ ranting questions. “Germany didn’t force me to change my mind. We all wanted to be united,” he said.
month of delivery
Abrams – one of the most powerful US tanks – is not heading to Ukraine anytime soon.
A senior government official who briefed reporters on the decision said Abrams would take months, not weeks, to be handed over, explaining the move in terms of providing long-term defense for Ukraine.
Members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will be trained to use the Abrams in locations yet to be determined. The Abrams is a very sophisticated and expensive weapon, but it uses jet fuel, which makes it difficult to maintain and resupply logistics.
The total cost of a single Abrams tank varies and can exceed US$10 million per tank, including training and maintenance.
Biden has had numerous discussions with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about aid to Ukraine this month, according to senior administration officials. He spoke with Scholz again on Wednesday and met with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/change-course-us-agrees-send-31-abrams-tanks-ukraine-3231641 Naturally, the United States agrees to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.