WASHINGTON: The United States will work with allies to transfer Soviet-made tanks to Ukraine to strengthen its defenses in the Donbas region, the New York Times reported on Friday (April 1), citing a US official.
The transfers, requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, would begin soon, the unnamed official said, according to the Times. The official declined to say how many tanks would be sent or from which countries they would come, the newspaper said.
The Pentagon declined to comment to Reuters. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The tanks would allow Ukraine to carry out long-range artillery attacks on Russian targets in the Donbas region of southeastern Ukraine, which borders Russia, the official said, according to the Times.
This is the first time in the war that the United States has helped transfer tanks, the newspaper said.