President Biden announced Wednesday his plan to deploy at least 31 Abrams Tanks to Ukraine, saying the heavy weaponry will be used to “defend” its territory against Russian forces.
“And it’s also in keeping with that representative of a long term, long term commitment that we have to Ukraine’s defense needs,” a senior administration official told NBC News.
“The reason for 31 is because that is how many tanks would constitute a Ukrainian Tank Battalion,” an official said. “So we are specifically meeting that requirement.”
Watch Biden’s announcement above.