January 12, 2023

Ukraine Zeroes In on Western Tanks in Bid to Rout Russia

Source: The Hill

Journalists: Laura Kelly, Brad Dress

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, told The Economist last month that Kyiv needs 300 tanks to achieve a decisive victory on the battlefield against Russia, along with 700 infantry fighting vehicles and 500 howitzers. “I know that I can beat this enemy. But I need resources,” Zaluzhnyi told the Economist.

Abrams tanks are preferable to lighter vehicles due to strong armor, maneuverability, precise shooting system and a “shock effect,” said Jeffrey Edmonds, senior adjunct fellow with the Center for New American Security, and a lieutenant colonel in the Army reserves who has operated Abrams tanks. “Historically, one of the reasons people have had tanks and why they were invented was actually to take static situations and make them fluid,” he said. “If you have a good enough maneuver force you might be able to break through a defensive line and the maneuverability of a tank gives you the ability to take advantage of that.”

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  • Jeffrey Edmonds

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Jeffrey Edmonds is an expert on US national security, especially as it relates to Russia. He works full time for CNA's Russia Studies Program. His research focuses on the Russ...