FirstlyAs Russia denies claims by Ukrainian forces that it has dealt a significant blow to Moscow’s naval leadership in the Black Sea, Ukrainian soil will roll.
President of UkraineThe Telegram messaging app confirmed the arrival of the tanks: “Good news from Minister (of Defense Rustem) Umerov. Abrams are already in Ukraine and preparing to reinforce our brigades.”
He did not specify the number of tanks supplied.
They are the first of 31 M1 Abrams tanks promised by the Biden administration, and they have begun arriving months ahead of initial estimates. They join tanks already deployed by NATO partnersBritish Challengers that arrived last spring.
They are recentUkraine continues a punishing counteroffensive, penetrating defenses into Russian-held territory in the south and east of the country.
It’s a battle that’s been costly on both sides of the front line, with no significant territorial advances by Ukrainian forces — not just in terms of equipment, but also in staggering troop losses.
Ukrainian special operations forces said on Monday that ARussia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters on the occupied Crimean peninsula were targeted, killing a navy commander. Commander Viktor Sokolov was among 33 senior officers killed in the strike, officials said. At the Pentagon, an American official said that although there was no firm confirmation of Sokolow’s death, the Navy commander appeared to have been killed.
But on Tuesday, Russia’s state-controlled media broadcast images showing Sokolov attending a daily briefing with other senior security officials. He appears only briefly in the clip, and it was not immediately clear when Sokolow was filmed. If he is still alive, it would be further proof that Russia and Ukraine are trying to get their best advantage by spreading disinformation.
However, if the commander is killed, it will be a major blow to the Russian war machine – not only the death of one of the country’s highest-ranking officers, but one of the boldest attacks on Russian-occupied territory beyond the battlefields. Thane of Ukraine.
As for the Abrams tanks, Washington has been reluctant to send them to the battlefields of Ukraine.
More American officialsThe Biden administration promised Zelenskyy the delivery of long-range missiles with cluster munitions, known as ATACMS – Army Tactical Missile Systems. They have a range of up to 190 miles and can be launched from HIMARS mobile rocket launchers already in use by the Ukrainian military.
The missiles would allow Ukraine to strike Russian supply lines and command posts beyond the front lines, a capability the military has already proven capable of reaching.
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