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EXPLAINER: Why the US flipped on sending tanks to Ukraine

Jan. 25, 2023 20:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, U.S. officials balked at sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, insisting they were too complicated and too hard to maintain and repair. On Wednesday, that abruptly changed. Ukraine's desperate pleas for tanks were answered with a sweeping,...

US, Germany to send advanced tanks to aid Ukraine war effort

Jan. 25, 2023 16:42 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United States announced Wednesday that they will send advanced battle tanks to Ukraine, offering what one expert called an “armored punching force” to help Kyiv break combat stalemates as the Russian invasion enters its 12th month. The announcement...

In reversal, US poised to approve Abrams tanks for Ukraine

Jan. 24, 2023 21:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what would be a reversal, the Biden administration is poised to approve sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, as international reluctance to send tanks to the battlefront against the Russians begins to erode. A decision to send a bit more than 30...

France, Germany renew alliance strained amid war in Ukraine

Jan. 22, 2023 14:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France and Germany committed Sunday to giving Ukraine “unwavering support” and to strengthening the European Union as they sought to overcome differences over defense, energy and economic issues on the 60th anniversary of their post-World War II friendship treaty. ...

German caution on Ukraine arms rooted in political culture

Jan. 21, 2023 09:05 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has become one of Ukraine's leading weapons suppliers in the 11 months since Russia's invasion, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz also has gained a reputation for hesitating to take each new step — generating impatience among allies. Berlin’s perceived...

Ukraine, climate, economy: Takeaways from glitzy Davos event

Jan. 20, 2023 09:36 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Elites from politics, business, academia and the arts on Friday wrapped up the World Economic Forum 's annual conclave in the Swiss town of Davos — where worries about the war in Ukraine, a warming planet and a cooling global economy dominated discussions about the...

Live updates | World Economic Forum gathering in Davos

Jan. 18, 2023 14:39 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland: Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received an honorary “Citizen of Kyiv” medal from Mayor Vitali Klitschko on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting...

At Davos, Zelenskyy urges allies to speed up push vs. Russia

Jan. 18, 2023 14:22 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told political leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that supplies of Western weapons must come quicker than Russia’s attacks, urging the world to move faster because “tragedies are outpacing life; the tyranny is...

Netherlands says it will send Patriot assistance to Ukraine

Jan. 17, 2023 18:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday that his country plans to "join” the U.S. and Germany's efforts to train and arm Ukraine with advanced Patriot defense systems. Rutte signaled the Netherlands' intentions at the start of a White House meeting...

Germany to appoint regional official as defense minister

Jan. 17, 2023 08:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday he will appoint a regional official as the new defense minister following the resignation of the much-criticized Christine Lambrecht. The defense minister-designate, Boris Pistorius, is a member of Scholz’s Social...