US transfers 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine: Biden has given his approval.
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday confirmed his intention to transfer 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine to strengthen its defense capabilities in the face of Russian aggression.
"Today I am announcing that the United States will be sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, an equivalent of one Ukrainian battalion," said the US President, adding that he made such a decision on the recommendation of Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.
Together with the tanks, the US will "as soon as possible" ensure the training of the Ukrainian military and provide spare parts. Biden noted that this "will take time", which will also be used to integrate Western tanks into the Ukrainian army.
"We also closely coordinated this announcement with our allies. The American contribution will be joined by an additional announcement including [military assistance] that will be available and more easily integrated for use on the battlefield in the coming weeks and months," added Joe Biden.
Ukraine’s Ground Forces: We need hundreds of tanks and ammunition for them.
The Ground Forces of Ukraine’s Armed Forces are expecting hundreds of tanks from the West and a stable supply of ammunition to them.
"The excellent results of the Ramstein 8 meeting became possible thanks to the heroism of our Armed Forces, the entire Ukrainian nation, and the work of the professional team that had united the international coalition.
This is the beginning of cooperation on tanks and an important lifting of the taboo on the supply of such equipment.
Next, there will be an increase and acceleration of supply. We need hundreds of tanks and a stable supply of ammunition for them," - Oleksandr Pavliuk, Deputy Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported.
Russia attacks Zaporizhzhia, killing woman and destroying private house.
On 25 January, Russian troops launched an attack on Zaporizhzhia, destroying a private house. The body of a woman was found under the rubble.
A private house was destroyed in one of the city's districts as a result of a Russian airstrike. The body of a woman was found under the rubble.
In total, a Russian attack destroyed one private house, broke windows in another 12 houses, and damaged walls and roofs.
First Leopard to Be in Ukraine in Three Months – German Defenсe Minister.
According to German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, Germany could send the first Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine in about three months.
As Tagesschau reports, the Bundeswehr will "very quickly" start training Ukrainian soldiers to operate tanks and considering delivery routes, the SPD politician said following a meeting of the Bundestag defense committee in Berlin.
Pistorius called the decision to send battle tanks "historic because it was coordinated internationally. He said it also happened in an extremely explosive situation in Ukraine."
The minister added: "This is a potentially significant 'game changer' in this war or at this stage of the war."
As a first step, Germany will hand over relatively new Leopard tanks from the Bundeswehr to deliver the first battalion to Ukraine with its partners. A second battalion should be formed from the old Leopard tanks at the second stage. It "will take a little longer," Pistorius said.
"The goal is to be able to deliver as quickly as possible," the Minister said.
Pistorius announced further discussions with partners regarding planned deliveries. In particular, he named Poland, Canada, Spain, and Portugal.
He also voiced the prospect of negotiations with arms manufacturers on "faster replenishment." "This will be a challenge for the next few years," he added.
At the same time, the Minister made it clear: "We will not become a party of war. Sending main battle tanks is "not a cause for celebration, even if some would like it to be. The decision about such things can never be very pleasant - it is necessary," he added.
According to Spiegel, at this stage, the European allies are discussing the joint transfer to Ukraine of 80 Leopard 2 tanks to form two battalions of 40 vehicles.
On Wednesday, January 25, the German government officially announced the decision to send Leopard-2 main battle tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and to allow re-export to other countries that also want to do so.
The media also reported that the USA was preparing a decision on sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.