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The US and Germany are delaying the supply of tanks to Ukraine

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Ukraine has asked the West for urgent supplies to help it counter-offensive in the country’s northeast, but Western powers are delaying responding to the request, the US publication said, citing seven sources.

According to the publication’s interlocutors, Kyiv needs the American M1 Abrams and the German Leopard, but national security representatives in the United States and Germany are delaying the supply of tanks, among other things, due to problems with training and logistics.

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American M1 tanks are very different from the Soviet-made armored vehicles currently used by Ukraine, writes Politico. Retired General Ben Hodges, former commander of US Army Europe, noted that training is required to operate the M1 and pointed to the high fuel consumption.

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“These aren’t rental cars, there’s a lot of stuff added to them,” Hodges said. – Basically, you’re adding hundreds of extra things that you should be carrying. … You look at a tank company in the U.S. military today, thousands of gallons of fuel go through it every day.”

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According to one of the newspaper’s sources, German Leopards are more suitable for participation in military operations in Ukraine, as their characteristics are more similar to Soviet tanks. But Berlin has repeatedly rejected Kiev’s request for equipment supplies, and German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht recently cited Germany’s agreement with its NATO partners “not to take such actions unilaterally.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said in an interview with Bild that armored vehicles have become a matter of survival for the Ukrainian army, and if Germany wants to help save Ukrainian lives, German politicians must address the issue of supplying more than just tanks combat, but also “more destructive weapons”.

According to Zelenskyi, Germany should set an example for other states in the issue of military support to Ukraine and not wait for their decisions. “If you don’t want to give us – listen, no offense, you’re an independent state – then don’t give it. But don’t try to say: “First America, then Germany, then Poland, etc.” You don’t need to. Everyone should be responsible for themselves,” Zelensky said.

Earlier, Germany and Poland agreed on the so-called “round deliveries”. Since the beginning of the war, Warsaw has transported more than 200 Soviet-style tanks to Ukraine. In return, Germany promised to provide Poland with modern German tanks, but has yet to fulfill this promise.

After the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, German authorities for the first time in recent history revised the policy that prohibited the supply of weapons to conflict zones.

Earlier, Berlin agreed to supply Ukraine with 50 Dingo armored vehicles and has already transferred 24 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns and self-propelled howitzers, but refuses to hand over to Kyiv Leopard tanks of any modification (which are recognized as one of the best in people).

source: radio svoboda

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