It is the most important package of US weapons to Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

The numbers are staggering – both financially and in terms of the pieces of military hardware that the Americans are giving away.

The cost is some $2.5bn (£2bn). This includes 59 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, 90 Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicles and 350 Humvees – the large 4×4 vehicle and an icon of the US military. There are also over 21,000 artillery pieces of various types and more.

Missing from the list though – tanks. Ukraine’s military says they desperately need it if they want to defeat the Russians and not just stand on the front lines.

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Why won’t the US deliver its main battle tank, the M1 Abrams? Well, apparently it’s due to supply chain and maintenance issues. It is true that it is 10 or more tons heavier than the European equivalent and the geography makes its deployment and maintenance very difficult.

But U.S. concerns about provoking Vladimir Putin too much linger — where, policymakers in Washington ask, are there red lines?

There’s confusion and frustration among military sources I’ve spoken to as to why the Biden administration can’t just open up a few tanks. German stalemate And increasing Ukrainian numbers if only a handful.

The criticism is that the Americans are providing only enough weapons to sustain the ongoing war, but not enough to end it with a victory in Ukraine.

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Do some American policymakers see a strategic opportunity to bring down the Russian military and Mr. Putin himself in prolonging the war?

Another related development – the CIA director has been meeting with the Ukrainian leadership in Kyiv for the past few days.

Britain has sent Challenger 2 tanks for use in Ukraine.
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Britain has sent Challenger 2 tanks for use in Ukraine.

Apart from the tanks, the discussion would have focused on what Mr Putin has planned for the coming weeks and months.

Remember, a year ago, US intelligence was spot on when the CIA repeatedly warned that Ukraine was about to be invaded. Many doubted that Mr. Putin would actually do so. But he did.

The suggestion is that a new Russian attack is imminent.

That’s why Ukrainians on the front line say they need more tanks.

Ukraine’s leadership is worried about Western fatigue over Ukraine. From my vantage point in Washington, it’s certainly true that Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are growing nervous about what they perceive to be an unaudited and seemingly endless flow of weapons into Ukraine.



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