The United States and Germany want to supply Ukraine with tanks in the war against Russia. Biden Thanks Scholz: The News Ticker.
- Tank deliveries to Ukraine: Germany sends 14 Leopard 2-A6
- America follows suit: Biden announces delivery of 31 Abrams tanks
- Anger at the Russian embassy: Surrender of “extremely dangerous” German leopard
+++ 21:45: According to the US government, there are no indications of an imminent Russian attack on the territory of the NATO defense alliance. “All I can tell you is that we have seen absolutely no indication that Mr. Putin has any intention of attacking NATO territory,” National Security Council communications director John Kirby said on Wednesday. Kirby responded to a reporter’s question about how Russian President Vladimir Putin might react to promised deliveries of major battle tanks to Ukraine, also with a view to NATO countries like Poland.
Tank deliveries to Ukraine: Biden thanks Scholz
+++ 20:15: US President Joe Biden thanked Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz for his “leadership” and “unwavering commitment” in supporting Ukraine. Germany has really grown strong, the chancellor is a strong voice for unity and a close friend, Biden said in Washington on Wednesday. Germany and the US government had previously announced that they would send battle tanks to Ukraine to prevent Russian aggression. “Germany didn’t force me to change my mind,” Biden said when asked by a reporter about the US government’s change of heart on handing over the Abrams tanks. “The United States stands with its allies and partners and will continue to do everything possible to support Ukraine,” Biden said.
+++ 7:10 p.m.: After Germany and other countries, Norway also wants to make Leopard main battle tanks available to Ukraine. The Norwegian government supports Ukraine having tanks and will do its part, Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said on Norwegian radio station NRK on Wednesday night. This is done as part of a broad collaboration with allies and partners. It cannot yet say how many of the country’s 36 Leopard tanks will be delivered. But these are Leopard 2A4 tanks.
Tank deliveries to Ukraine: US sends 31 Abrams main battle tanks
+++ 18:05: Just hours after the German promise of Leopard tanks for Kyiv, the US government announced that it would deliver 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine. The United States and Europe are “completely united” in their support for Ukraine against Russia’s “truly brutal aggression,” Joe Biden said. Today he had a “long conversation” with NATO allies, including Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron, Rishi Sunak and Giorgia Meloni, to “continue our close coordination.”
The US government is ordering the tanks from industry, so it was unclear when they would arrive in Ukraine. “We are talking about months, not weeks,” said a senior US government official. The announcement of the same-day handover in Berlin shows that “the United States and Europe continue to work together to support Ukraine,” he said. Washington highly appreciates Germany’s commitment to Leopard tanks for Kyiv. “It’s really remarkable when you look back at the extraordinary changes in German security policy in the last twelve months,” he said. “Almost a year after the start of the war, this is an impressive sign of unity.”
US government officials did not specify which exact model of M1 Abrams tanks Ukraine will receive. Initially, they also did not want to give any details about the delivery of the associated ammunition. In any case, the scope of delivery would also include armored recovery vehicles of the M88 type. It is about ensuring that the Ukrainian armed forces can use the tanks independently in the long term, he said.
Tank deliveries to Ukraine: France is holding back for now
+++ 5:01 p.m.: Despite the decision of the German Leopard, Paris is reluctant to supply French Leclerc tanks. “Support for Ukraine is not limited to just this or that team,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said in the Senate.
“Nothing is impossible,” said Borne, however, and reiterated the arguments that President Emmanuel Macron had already mentioned: “Aid must not lead to escalation, and must be useful and efficient quickly.” “. France has a total of about 220 Leclerc main battle tanks, which will be gradually overhauled.
Like the Élysée before it, the Borne welcomed Berlin’s decision. France was “very reactive” in this regard. “President (macron) has gained momentum by announcing the delivery of AMX10 RC (light battle tanks) announced,” Borne said.
“Fuel Force”: Lithuania hails announced Leopard deliveries to Ukraine
+++ 4:25 p.m.: “Refuel well” – with this play on words, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis planned deliveries of Leopard 2 welcome His tweet included an icon with a stylized tank with a flag of Ukraine. Tank is the English word for tank. The other Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia also praised Berlin’s decision on Twitter.
Anger at Russian embassy: ‘extremely dangerous’ German leopard handover
+++ 2:49 p.m.: The Russian embassy in Berlin rumbles after the announcement of the semaphore coalition. “Berlin’s decision to deliver Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv is extremely dangerous because it brings the conflict to a new level of confrontation,” Ambassador Sergei Nechayev said, according to a press release.
The step means “a definitive departure from the admission of historical responsibility of the Federal Republic of Germany towards our people for the terrible crimes not prohibited by the statutes of Nazism in the Great Patriotic War,” said the 69-year-old. Nechayev criticized the fact that German tanks were sent back to the “Eastern Front”, which meant the death not only of Russian soldiers but also of the civilian population.
German Leopard 2 for Kyiv: They will not arrive before spring
+++ 1:23 p.m.: It should now go “quickly” with the German main battle tanks Leopard, but when specifically will the first of them arrive in Ukraine? In about three months, estimates Defense Minister Boris Pistorius. The Bundeswehr will now “very quickly” start training Ukrainian soldiers on the tank and clarify supply routes, the SPD politician said after a meeting of the Bundestag Defense Committee.
Pistorius described the decision to supply main battle tanks as “historic because it is internationally coordinated and because it is happening in a highly explosive situation in Ukraine” adding: “This is a major game changer, possibly in this war or in this phase of war.”
Scholz on Leopard deliveries: “Result of intensive inquiries”
+++ 12:53 p.m.: The decision was for the leopard deliveries “The result of intensive consultations that took place with Germany’s closest European and international partners,” Chancellor Scholz said at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, according to his spokesman.
Germany will “grant the appropriate permits for the transfer” to partner countries that want to supply Leopard 2 tanks from their stocks to Ukraine. In addition, the training of the Ukrainian crews in Germany should “start quickly.” Therefore, the support package includes “in addition to training, logistics, ammunition and systems maintenance.”
Tank delivery to Ukraine: Germany sends 14 Leopard 2-A6s
+++ 11:53 a.m.: In a first step, Kyiv will receive 14 Leopard 2 A6 main battle tanks from Berlin. They come from the stocks of the Bundeswehr, it says in one government notice. They want this company to be available “quickly”. Other European partners would also deliver Leopard-2 tanks. Arms group Rheinmetall recently announced that it could provide a total of 29 operational Leopard 2 tanks by March.
First report on Monday, January 23 at 10:15 a.m.: Berlin: differences within the semaphore government over the supply of main battle tanks to Ukraine are turning into a tangible coalition dispute. The Chairman of the Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (PDF) and SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich publicly traded blows on Saturday (Jan 21). On Twitter, Strack-Zimmermann described Mützenich as “the symbol of all the central failures of German foreign policy.” She wrote: “His views of him yesterday lead to tomorrow’s problems. He is no longer able to adapt his worldview to reality.”
On Friday (January 20) Strack-Zimmermann had the Chancellor Olaf Schölz (SPD) in ZDF Today Magazine attacked, which in turn provoked a violent reaction from Mützenich. “Mrs. Strack-Zimmermann and others tell us about a military conflict. The same people who are asking to go alone with heavy battle tanks today will be crying out for planes or troops tomorrow,” Mützenich said. german press agency. “Wartime politics in Europe is not done in the style of outrage rituals or gasps, but with clarity and reason.”
Strack-Zimmermann described the communication, especially from Scholz, on the subject of main battle tank deliveries to Ukraine as a “catastrophe”, because on the one hand Germany is giving Ukraine massive support, but the lack of a decision on the main battle tanks gives a different impression. Scholz is still guilty of explanations.
Arms deliveries to Ukraine: Mützenich warns of “Cold War”
Mützenich emphasized that security policy is not limited to arms deliveries. “Close coordination with the US military world power and attempt to engage the emerging order power of China is elemental to a resilient end to the war in Ukraine.” Scholz has lived up to both claims since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine. He also warned of a new Cold War. “The consequences would be innumerable old and new wars, also in Europe, with all the terrible consequences.”
Ukraine’s ambassador, Oleksii Makeiev, urged the German government to immediately open the way for the delivery of Leopard 2 main battle tanks. “We need German tanks, now,” he said. dpa. “We don’t have time to examine, reflect and hesitate. What we need: decide, train and deliver in a coordinated way. Immediately.” (Red with dpa/AFP)