Headline RoundupJanuary 24th, 2023

In Reversal, US and Germany Reportedly Move to Send Tanks to Ukraine

AllSides Summary

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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