Biden announces U.S. will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine in its war against Russia. The U.S. will also provide the necessary

training and supplies needed to operate and run these tanks, he said. Sending the tanks will "enhance Ukraine’s capacity to defend its territory and achieve its strategic

objectives" because they are "the most capable tanks in the world,” Biden said. "That’s what this is about — helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian land. It is not an

offensive threat to Russia, there is no offensive threat to Russia," the president said. NBC News reported the development Tuesday. During a background call previewing

Biden’s remarks, senior administration officials said the announcement is “very much a continuation of our effort to provide Ukraine with the capabilities that they need to

continue to better defend themselves.” “And it’s also in keeping with that representative of a long term, long term commitment that we have to Ukraine’s defense needs,” a

senior administration official said. In his remarks announcing the move, Biden emphasized that 31 M1 Abrams tanks are the equivalent of one Ukrainian tank

battalion. The U.S. will also provide a training program to maintain and operate the tanks, as well as eight M88 recovery vehicles to go along with the Abrams tanks that

will “provide recovery operations to make sure that the Ukrainians will be able to keep these Abrams up and running,” a senior administration official said.  The training

will not take place in Ukraine, a senior administration official added.