"They are preparing to strengthen our brigades": Zelenskyy confirms that Abrams tanks are already in Ukraine
American Abrams tanks have already arrived on the territory of Ukraine. This was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on September 25.
On his Telegram channel, he wrote that "Abrams is already in Ukraine and is preparing to strengthen our brigades." "I am grateful to our allies for fulfilling the agreements! We are looking for new contracts, expanding the geography of supply," the guarantor said.
Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Yermak reacted to the news. "More tanks, more drones, more air defense, more long-range weapons, more sanctions. The greater the pressure on Russia, the faster we will win on the battlefield," he said.
To recap: On September 19, at the opening of a new meeting in the Ramstein format, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said: "I'm pleased to announce that the M1 Abrams tanks that were previously promised to be delivered to the United States will soon arrive in Ukraine."
On September 21, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the first M1 Abrams would arrive in Ukraine next week (September 25-October 1).
Named after the American General Creighton Abrams, Abrams tanks can run on various types of fuel (diesel, kerosene, motor gasoline of any brand, fuel for JP-4 or JP-8 jet engines). They can reach speeds of up to 72 km/h on paved roads and up to 48 km/h on rough terrain. With the travel control turned off, the maximum speed can reach 97 km/h.
This is a third-generation American main battle tank. It is considered one of the heaviest armored tanks in the world.
The main modifications are M1, M1A1 and M1A2. For more details on the characteristics of this military equipment, which was transferred to Ukraine by the United States, read the article here.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
- The media reported that 200 Ukrainian soldiers completed training on Abrams training tanks at German training grounds on September 1. At the time, journalists claimed that the first ten of the 31 promised vehicles would arrive in Ukraine by mid-September 2023.
- The White House officially announced its intention to provide Abrams to Ukrainian soldiers back in January.