The US ground forces are carrying out exercises, in the framework of which heavy weapons, among others, tanks, will be relocated within Europe. As part of the exercise, 14 Abrams tanks have been transported through Budapest’s Ferencváros railway station on Saturday, reported Hungarian daily, Népszava.
The tanks were delivered to Romania to the American forces stationed there. Since the Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula, NATO has significantly strengthened its ground forces in the countries bordering Ukraine, including in Romania.
M1 Abrams tanks are not present on the Ukrainian battlefield, but at the beginning of the year US President Joe Biden announced that the United States would give 31 Abrams tanks to the Ukrainian military. Originally, Ukraine would have received the most modern M1A2 variant, but it would have taken several years to produce them, hence the Pentagon decided in March that in order to speed up the arrival of the weapons to the front, they will send the already available, previous generation M1A1 type . These will first go to Germany, where the Ukrainian soldiers will learn to use them, and from there the combat vehicles will be transferred to the Ukrainian front, expected in the fall of 2023.
As is well known, the Hungarian government does not supply its neighbor Ukraine with any weapons, nor does it allow other countries to transport weapons through Hungary directly to Ukraine.