Ukraine should not focus too much on the issue of the supply of Leopard 2 tanks, but rather on logistics, qualification, and training of the military, U.S. General Ben Hodges said in an interview with NV published on Jan. 21.
According to him, there is no single weapon system that will be a "silver bullet" in this war.
"Tanks are only effective when they are accompanied by infantry fighting vehicles, such as Bradley or Marder, and self-propelled artillery,” the general stated.
“This is called an army group, which should train together accordingly.”
Hodges believes that Leopard tanks are decent weapons and can be delivered much faster. He also expressed hope that one day U.S.-made Abrams tanks will also be provided.
"But I would not focus too much on the tanks, I would focus on having the upper hand," he added.
“Because everything is important: logistics, qualification, training.”
The U.S. general also believes that Ukrainians are the fastest of all "in mastering the use of new capabilities.”
During a meeting in the “Ramstein format” on Jan. 20, the participants of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group failed to agree on the supply of Leopard 2 battle tanks to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Earlier, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that he would approve the transfer of Leopards to Ukraine if Washington supplied Kyiv with U.S.-made Abrams tanks, during a meeting with U.S. President John Biden on Jan. 18. Later, the German defense chief clarified that this condition was not mandatory.