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Western unity is critical, but Ukraine needs more than tanks to win this war

By Dan Sabbagh

25 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Supplying several dozen tanks is a big step forward for Ukraine and its allies, according to the Guardian. However, the West will also need to provide other types of armor if Russia is to be defeated.

It has felt like an interminable wait, but in fact Germany’s hesitation over Leopard 2 tanks lasted only a few days. Berlin has got what it wanted – more cover from the US – although it had to pretend at one point it didn’t want it.

With Washington agreeing, in principle, to send some of its gas-guzzling Abrams tanks at some point, chancellor Olaf Scholz has scored a diplomatic victory. Berlin is now not alone in sending homemade tanks to Ukraine and can portray itself as not simply being bullied into agreement.

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