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Austin Warns US Allies Time Is Short Before Russian Offensive

  • Defense secretary pressures allies to send Ukraine new weapons
  • US and Germany still resist providing their main battle tanks
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Ukraine Needs Tanks Now, Says Top Military Advisor
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said time is running out to give Ukraine the advanced weapons it needs before an expected Russian offensive in the spring, as both the US and Germany hold out against Kyiv’s requests for their most powerful battle tanks.

Austin said allied officials agreed at a meeting in Germany on Friday they would ensure that Ukraine gets the weapons it needs and the training to use them properly. He sought to play down any discord over whether to provide heavy tanks, which have been a key demand as Ukraine looks to blunt Russian forces in the east.