In a surprising turn of events, Germany has begun training approximately 400 Ukrainian soldiers on the operation of the M1 Abrams, one of the world’s most advanced tanks. This training program, expected to last between 10 to 12 weeks, comes after the United States recently delivered 31 of these tanks to Germany specifically for this purpose.

The M1 Abrams, a third-generation American main battle tank, is known for its heavy armor, powerful gas turbine engine, and sophisticated composite armor. It is widely regarded as one of the most formidable tanks in the world, making it a significant addition to Ukraine’s military arsenal.

This move is seen as a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The training program will equip Ukrainian soldiers with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate these high-tech tanks, potentially shifting the balance of power in the region.

The decision to train Ukrainian soldiers on the M1 Abrams is a clear indication of the growing international support for Ukraine. It also underscores the commitment of NATO countries, particularly Germany and the United States, to assist Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression.

While the training program is expected to last for several weeks, the impact of this strategic move will likely be felt for years to come. The addition of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine’s military capabilities sends a strong message to Russia and other potential aggressors: Ukraine is not alone in its fight for sovereignty and territorial integrity.


  1. New York Times
  2. Zeit
  3. Washington Post