In Reversal, US and Germany Reportedly Move to Send Tanks to Ukraine
Facing both domestic and international pressure, officials in the U.S. and Germany are moving to send M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, multiple outlets reported. Germany will also allow other countries to send their German-made tanks to Ukraine.
For Context: Both countries had previously been reluctant to send the highly-requested tanks. While the Pentagon cited maintenance costs as a factor in withholding its tanks, German officials had debated the issue for weeks. However, Germany encouraged its partners on Tuesday to start training Ukrainian troops on using Leopard 2 tanks. A Ukrainian official told ABC News (Lean Left bias) that they expected about 100 Leopard 2 tanks from countries who had pledged them.
How the News Broke: The news of Germany’s reversal was broken by German outlet Der Spiegel (Not Rated), according to BBC News (Center bias), and was backed up by a tweet from a member of Germany’s governing coalition. Meanwhile, a CNN (Left bias) report citing anonymous officials said the Biden administration was “finalizing plans” for sending U.S. tanks.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common and mostly nonpartisan across the spectrum. Fox News (Right bias), like some other right-rated outlets, highlighted remarks from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
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From the RightWhite House ‘leaning’ toward sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine : report
America’s main battle tank may be facing off against Russian armor soon.
The Biden administration is seriously considering sending M1 Abrams tanks to the Ukrainian armed forces as part of a deal to break an impasse among Kyiv’s Western allies, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The delivery of a “significant” number of M1s would be announced alongside a pledge by Germany and Poland to send their own German-made Leopard 2 tanks, the paper reported.
A formal announcement could come later this week.
From the LeftUS finalizing plans to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine, US officials say
The Biden administration is finalizing plans to send US-made Abrams tanks to Ukraine and could make an announcement as soon as this week, according to three US officials familiar with the deliberations.
The timing around the actual delivery of the tanks is still unclear and it normally takes several months to train troops to use the tanks effectively, officials said.
An announcement about the tanks could be part of an attempt to break a diplomatic logjam with Germany, which indicated to the US last week that it would not send...
From the CenterGermany to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine — reports
Not-yet-confirmed news reports from several outlets say Germany's government has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine along with allies. This follows a fairly long-running debate.
German news magazine Der Spiegel and others published stories on Tuesday evening saying that the government in Berlin had decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
This follows a long-running debate on the issue among NATO allies, and comes after Poland formally asked Berlin for permission to send some of its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine earlier on Tuesday.
Spiegel magazine reported that the decision would involve sending at...