Kyiv Gets the Tanks but Will They Make a Difference?
(Note: statement about Russian casualties was intended as paraphrase of Western language and not as expression of fact. – RR]
BERLIN, Germany. January 25th, 2023. With Chancellor Olaf Scholtz’s decision to send 14 Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, the US, UK, Poland, Norway, and Sweden all fell in line as well.
The Europeans have said that they can send 88 of the Leopard 2s, which when combined with a total of 31 Abrams tanks from the US and 14 Challenger 2 battle tanks from the UK, means Ukraine may have half as many tanks as they wanted.
The debate on the tanks has gone on all month at a meeting on Ramstein Air Force Base, with Scholtz remaining extremely hesitant to send what now seems to be some kind of superweapon to Ukraine, over fears it might truly boil the conflict beyond what is now just rhetoric into a real conflict between NATO and Russia, which all parties have said will be a nuclear one.
First tanks then the F16’s. NATO may not have any soldiers actively fighting Russians; but that escalation seems just a matter of time.