Weapons for Ukraine: USA considers delivery of armored personnel carriers – France submits
Created: 01/05/2023Updated: 01/05/2023 06:53
By: Markus Hofstetter
The USA is considering the delivery of Bradley-type armored personnel carriers to Ukraine © piemags/imago
Ukraine has long been asking its allies for Western-style battle tanks and armored personnel carriers.
Positive signals are now also coming from the USA.
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Kyiv/Washington – The US government is considering supplying Bradley infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine.
These are vehicles that are comparable to the German models Marder or Puma.
According to the US military, the armored tracked vehicles usually have a cannon, a machine gun and armor-piercing missiles.
US President Joe Biden said yes to a reporter's question on Wednesday whether the government was considering supplying the armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.
He gave no details.
It was initially unclear which model variant of the "Bradley" would be suitable for Kyiv.
Tank delivery from France: Volodymyr Zelenskyj thanks for reconnaissance tanks
France on Wednesday (January 4) promised to supply Ukraine with “light battle tanks”.
It's about the reconnaissance tank AMX-10 RC.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saw the announced delivery of French reconnaissance tanks as an important signal to other Western countries as well.
"France is taking defense support to Ukraine to a new level and I thank President (Emmanuel) Macron for this leadership," Zelenskyy said in his video address on Wednesday evening.
How many tanks France wants to hand over to Ukraine by when was initially unclear.
The Élysée Palace said these were the first western-style main battle tanks to be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces.
Zelenskyj praised: "This sends a clear signal to all our partners: There is no rational reason why tanks of Western design have not yet been delivered to Ukraine."
Weapons for Ukraine: Bundestag-CSU wants European initiative for delivery of battle tanks
In fact, Ukraine has received Western tanks in the past, although these tended to be troop carriers like the US model M113 - a smaller tracked vehicle.
Germany has also provided Ukraine with 30 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks.
To date, Ukraine has not received a full-fledged western main battle tank such as the French Leclerc model or the German Leopard.
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It is becoming increasingly difficult for the German government to justify its refusal to provide main battle tanks for Ukraine.
The CSU in the Bundestag is now calling for a European initiative by the federal government to work with allies to deliver western-style main battle tanks to Ukraine.
“We want Ukraine to be able to exercise its right to self-defense.
She needs more heavy weapons for this - including Leopard 2 tanks," said CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt of the German Press Agency.
"The federal government must start a European initiative for the joint sale of battle tanks," he demanded.