‘Crimea is within reach’: Senators return from Ukraine as US preps to send tanks
The United States and Germany are both preparing to send tanks to Ukraine. After much deliberation, the US will send approximately 30 Abrams, while Germany will send Leopard 2’s.
The United States was supportive of other countries sending tanks, but initially did not want to send Abrams because they run on jet engines. So they’re expensive, complicated to use and need precise maintenance.
In a bipartisan display, Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Blumenthal called on Biden and Europe to send tanks. They just returned from a trip to Ukraine where they met with President Volodomyr Zelensky and visited mass graves in Bucha.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “They’re not going to concede an inch of Ukrainian territory to the Russians. They will fight to the last person to expel Russia from Ukraine.”
Sen. Blumenthal: “They are outmanned. We cannot allow them to be outgunned. We cannot allow Ukraine to bleed to death. Or their people to starve and freeze to defeat.”
The Senators said investing in the war is not just about giving money to Ukraine, but preventing Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading NATO territory, and giving Chinese President Xi Jingping pause about invading Taiwan. They also said Ukraine wants to retake all the territory Russia has seized, including the Donbas and Crimea.
Sen. Blumenthal: “Everything I have come to learn about the will and determination of the Ukrainians leads me to conclude, retaking Crimea is within reach.”
The official announcement about sending tanks is expected Wednesday, but it might take months for the tanks to make it all the way to the battlefield. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.