Two US officials revealed today, Tuesday, that the United States appears to be dropping its opposition to sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, and an announcement in this regard may be made this week.
The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that they were not aware of a final US decision to send these tanks to Ukraine, a move that may encourage Germany to take similar action, according to Reuters.
The Pentagon had confirmed a few days ago that sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine is a very complicated matter, pointing out that the Abrams contain complex equipment that is difficult to train on.
He also explained that sending it to Ukraine is a difficult issue due to maintenance and logistical challenges.-
The Pentagon indicated that the Abrams tank is very expensive and has a jet engine that runs on jet fuel.--
In this context, she pointed out that Washington will not send an Abrams tank to Ukraine because it needs 11 liters of jet fuel to travel a mile.
A US Army M1 Abrams tank fires a shell during NATO exercises in Latvia (archives from Reuters)
This comes as there is talk about sending German Leopard tanks to Ukraine, as Berlin had announced that it would not allow the Allies to ship German-made tanks to Ukraine to help defend it against Russia and would not lend its own systems, unless the United States agreed to send American-made combat tanks.