Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine: President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the U.S. is considering sending Bradley Fighting Vehicles to help Ukraine combat Russia’s ongoing invasion.
Reporters asked Biden, who was in Kentucky at the time, if sending the tracked armoured fighting vehicle to Ukraine was an option. He just said “yes” and didn’t say anything else.
Russia’s war on Ukraine has been going on for 11 months, and Kiev has been asking the U.S. for tanks, missiles with a longer range, armour, and air defence systems. Even though winter has started, fighting has not stopped in eastern Ukraine.
The Bradley is a medium-sized armoured fighting vehicle that can carry troops. It moves on tracks instead of wheels, but it is lighter and faster than a tank. It can carry about 10 people or be set up to carry more ammunition or communication gear instead.
Bradleys are still used by the U.S. Army, although the military has been looking for a replacement for years. The Pentagon has already provided Ukraine with more than 2,000 combat vehicles, including 477 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles and more than 1,200 Humvees.
Biden announced last month that the U.S. would for the first time send Ukraine a Patriot missile battery, the most advanced surface-to-air missile system the West has provided to help repel Russian aerial attacks. Last month, the U.S. Congress gave nearly $44.9 billion in military and economic aid to a war that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.
On the same day that Biden said he was thinking about sending Bradleys to Ukraine, France said it would send AMX-10 RC light tanks made in France. These would be the first tanks sent to Ukraine by a country in Western Europe. That news came after French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy talked on the phone.
The French presidency did not say when and how many tanks would be sent. The NATO member gave Ukraine anti-tank missiles, rocket launchers, and air defence missiles. Zelenskyy made it clear to the U.S. and its Western allies when he went to Washington last month that Ukraine needs more advanced weapons.
“I assure you that Ukrainian soldiers can perfectly operate American tanks and planes for themselves,” Zelenskyy said during an address to American lawmakers during the visit.
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