For a successful counter-offensive operation Ukraine should have not only a human resource, but also a military one, Milli stressed.
The head of the US Department of Defense, Lloyd Austin, noted that there is no connection between the provision of Abrams tanks from the United States and Leopard tanks from Germany. He stressed that these are “independent decisions”.
He spoke about this at a press conference following the Rammstein summit.
“Yes , there is no connection between the provision of Abrams and Leopard.These are independent solutions. But when we talk about providing military assistance to Ukraine, we are always trying to find ways within the Pentagon how to provide the necessary amount of weapons to Ukraine so that it achieves certain success. We are focusing our maximum efforts on this and will concentrate in the future,” said the head of the Pentagon.
The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, added that for a successful counteroffensive operation, Ukraine must have not only a human resource, but also a military one.That is, as Milli explained, Ukrainians should use the equipment they receive.
“Therefore, we see that in such a short period of time, the exercises that the Ukrainian military is undergoing, they are already assimilating the relevant skills of this or that equipment. Indeed, a lot of military personnel still have to undergo such training. I'm sure it can be done.Yes, but we'll see what happens in the future.The Ukrainian military has already carried out at least two very important counter-offensive operations.We are talking about the liberation of Kherson and Kharkov.Thereforewe also now understand that equipment is provided first, then personnel are trained, and then it is effectively used on the battlefield,” the American general emphasized.
Blocking the supply of Leopard tanks: what is known
The day before, parties in the Bundestag could not put to a vote the issue of providing Ukraine with Leopard 1 and Leopard 2 tanks. The vote failed because of the factions of the ruling coalition: the Social Democrats, the Greens and Free Democrats, as well as the extreme “Alternative for Germany” and the “Left”.
The American news agency CNN writes that before the start of “Rammstein” the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, had a talk with German Defense Secretary Boris Pistorius. , they could not agree on the transfer of the Armed Forces to tanks.
After the Ramstein meeting, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that following the meeting, Germany was not yet ready to provide Ukraine with Leopard tanks.< /p>