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Western tanks appear headed to Ukraine, breaking another taboo

By Lara Jakes and Steven Erlanger

13 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

U.S. and European leaders have been reluctant to send battle tanks to Ukraine due to fear of escalation. Now, it looks like this is about to change as allies take on greater risk. The NYT reports.

Western officials, who increasingly fear that Ukraine has only a narrow window to prepare to repel an anticipated Russian springtime offensive, are moving fast to give the Ukrainians sophisticated weapons they had earlier refused to send for fear of provoking Moscow.

Over the past few weeks, one barrier after another has fallen, starting with an agreement by the United States in late December to send a Patriot air defense system. That was followed by a German commitment last week to provide a Patriot missile battery, and in the span of hours, France, Germany and the United States each promised to send armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine’s battlefields for the first time.

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