Pentagon holds back information on number of Abrams tanks sent to Ukraine
The US Department of Defense refused to give exact numbers and details about the Abrams tanks they have supplied to Ukraine
Ukrinform reported the information, citing Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary.
During a briefing at the Pentagon, Sabrina Singh, when asked whether she could confirm the arrival of Abrams tanks in Ukraine, said she did not deny it, but that "the Ukrainians issued a statement that they had arrived, so I would refer you to the Ukrainians and what they said, but I — I'm not disputing that."
Singh refrained from giving a precise answer to the question of how many tanks were in the first tranche and when to expect the second batch to arrive.
"Not going to get into more specific numbers or any further details of how many and when they're arriving. That's really up to the Ukrainians to announce when they're ready. And yeah, I'll just leave it at that," said Sabrina Singh.
Abrams supply to Ukraine
On January 25, 2023, US President Joe Biden officially announced the supply of 31 Abrams to Ukraine.
This step by the US had another positive effect on Ukraine: it pushed Germany to supply Leopard tanks to Kyiv.
In May, the first group of 400 Ukrainian soldiers began training in Germany on American Abrams tanks.
On September 25, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the arrival of the first batch of American-made Abrams tanks in Ukraine.