Germany ‘now appreciating the moment’ as it finally agrees to send tanks to Ukraine, Graham says

Streaming HUBJanuary 24, 2023

Germany said on Tuesday it had agreed to send two Leopard tanks to Ukraine after weeks of stalled talks with Kyiv and its international allies.

“I think the Germans are appreciating this moment now,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters. “It is now a realization by the United States and Germany that the goal is to help Ukraine oust Russia.

“There’s no Oframp,” he said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., listens as Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a press conference at the US Capitol on May 10, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., listens as Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a press conference at the US Capitol on May 10, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Berlin’s decision was reportedly announced at the same time as a direct appeal to the White House to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine to prompt it, after Graham and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., suggested Germany I was wrapping up a press conference. If America does, then only it will send tanks.

The US could also announce a shipment of tanks to Ukraine this week, sources told Fox News, although defense officials have cautioned that the tanks would be less than Ukraine needs in the war because of the cost, maintenance and level of training required. Will not happen.

Instead, the US has pushed Germany not only to send tanks, but also to sign a release of tanks to Kyiv with 15 other countries in Europe that have German-supplied Leopard 2 tanks in their stockpiles. are also

Two Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, take part in the NATO Iron Wolf military exercise on October 27, 2022 in Pabrad, Lithuania.

Two Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, take part in the NATO Iron Wolf military exercise on October 27, 2022 in Pabrad, Lithuania.
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“The Russians are coming,” said Blumenthal, who returned from Ukraine with Graham. “And their attack would start in weeks, not months.

“Ukrainians know it, our intelligence and military know it, the world knows it now – there is no secret here. The Russians are about to launch a major counteroffensive,” he said.

Both lawmakers were adamant that Ukraine can win the war against Russia that began 11 months ago on Tuesday, as long as they have “the necessary tools.”

“Starting with tanks,” Blumenthal confirmed.

Graham stated that the goal of providing needed aid to Ukraine was not to start World War III, but to drive Russia out of Ukraine.

Graham said, in reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, “If he gets away with it, the world order as we know it becomes a joke. Borders don’t mean anything.” “If he is not prosecuted or prosecuted for the egregious war crimes committed under his command, then everything we said after World War II becomes empty rhetoric.”

Graham also addressed criticism at home of his massive support for Ukraine and encouraged his fellow GOP lawmakers to visit Ukraine themselves if they wanted to understand the importance of American money and aid to Kyiv.

Ukrainian soldiers fire cannons on the Pisky frontline in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, January 6, 2023.

Ukrainian soldiers fire cannons on the Pisky frontline in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, January 6, 2023.
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“And to the American people, if you believe Putin’s victory in Ukraine doesn’t affect you – you are wrong. I know we are tired of being involved in conflicts outside our own country,” he continued. . “Borders no longer matter and if you can rewrite borders by force of arms, Putin will not stop, and China is watching very closely.

“If Putin succeeds in his attempt to break the hegemony of the West and annex Ukraine – Taiwan goes,” he said.

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