26.01.2023 | Biden confirms US will send Kyiv new batch of most 'capable tanks in world'
Source - The Daily Express
Joe Biden has confirmed plans to supply Ukraine with 31 Abrams tanks in what would be a watershed moment in Ukraine's war with Russia. Meanwhile Rishi Sunak has welcomed Germany’s decision to agree to shipments of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Mr Biden unveiled his news in an announcement timed for 7pm Ukraine time (5pm GMT), with the deal estimated to be worth $400million (£323million).
The Prime Minister's remarks came after Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Wednesday that Berlin will provide the Ukrainian armed forces with the main battle tank.
The u-turn came following mounting pressure on Chancellor Scholz both domestically and from Germany's closest European and international partners.
The Chancellor said: This decision follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability. We are acting in a closely coordinated manner internationally."
Alongside Challenger 2s, they will strengthen Ukraine's defensive firepower. Together, we are accelerating our efforts to ensure Ukraine wins this war and secures a lasting peace."