WASHINGTON – Poland’s prime minister vowed to ask Germany for permission to send German-made tanks to the front lines in Ukraine, but also insisted that, whether Berlin approved or not, he would put together a coalition that would.
German officials were all over the board, which some saying a deal was being worked out in Poland, but one may need a Ouija board to figure out what may come.
Germans have resisted sending their tanks, but they have said that no other country has formally asked for authorization. Yesterday, Germany’s foreign minister signaled that Berlin was open to allowing allies to send the tanks to Ukraine.
On Monday the Pentagon’s top spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder reiterated the U.S. stance on the Abrams, telling reporters that “our focus has been on providing capabilities to the Ukrainians that they can use right now.”
(That , of course, is a self-serving statement, since some of the weapons systems take up to six months to a year to train up on).
On Monday, a senior defense official said speaking on background said the situation in Ukraine remains largely static, but there are bloody battles as Russian forces try to take Bakhmut and Ukrainian forces continue offensives against the Russian position near Kreminna.