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    US Abrams Tanks for Training Ukrainian Forces Arrive in Germany Ahead of Schedule

    US Abrams Tanks for Training Ukrainian Forces Arrive in Germany Ahead of Schedule

    — The U.S. Abrams tanks needed for training Ukrainian forces have arrived in Germany slightly ahead of schedule and are on their way to the Grafenwoehr base where the training will begin in two to three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee that the U.S. had moved “a number of tanks over into theater” so the Ukrainians could begin training on them. By the time they complete the training, expected to last about 10 weeks, the Abrams tanks currently being built for the Ukrainian forces will be ready, he said.

    A U.S. official said the 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks needed for the training arrived at the port in Bremerhaven, Germany, last weekend and they will get to the base by early this coming week. Their arrival at Grafenwoehr is a couple of weeks ahead of the schedule that was mapped out when military leaders from around Europe and elsewhere met in Germany last month to discuss 's needs for the war against Russia.

    The tanks the U.S. is providing Ukraine are being built to its military's specifications and will get to Ukraine by early fall, just as the troops are finished with their instruction. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details of the delivery not publicly released.

    The tank training will be the latest and most lethal layer of combat instruction the U.S. is providing Ukraine's troops…

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