FACT CHECK: Were American-Made Abrams Tanks Deployed To Ukraine?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims American-made Abrams tanks were deployed to Ukraine.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that Abrams tanks were deployed to Ukraine or that the U.S. provided any tanks.

Fact Check:

The United States and other countries have provided tens of billions of security assistance to Ukraine since the Russian invasion started in February, according to the Kiel World Institute for the World Economy. Some House Democrats have tried to persuade President Joe Biden to engage in direct talks on Russia for a diplomatic conclusion on the conflict, NBC News reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 62,000 times, claims 100 American-made Abrams tanks were deployed to Ukraine. The video describes the alleged deployment as the “End of the road for Putin!” (RELATED: Video Claims Ukrainian Brigade Destroyed Thousands Of Troops In Kherson)

However, there is no evidence that American-made tanks were either deployed or given to Ukraine. If these tanks were sent to Ukraine, credible media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Neither Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense nor the Pentagon have stated Abrams tanks were given over to Ukraine.

The State Department’s list of security assistance to Ukraine includes howitzers, vehicles, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARs), ammunition and others, but does not mention any tanks being deployed. The U.S. so far has provided $18.2 billion in security aid to Ukraine since January 2021, according to the State Department.

The U.S. and other western countries, such as Germany, have thus far refused to provide tanks to Ukraine, according to Bloomberg. Oryx, a military analysis website that tracks vehicle losses in various conflicts, shows that while hundreds of Soviet-era tanks have been provided to Ukraine by countries such as Poland, it does not include Abrams.

This is not the first time false claims regarding certain weapons used in the Russia-Ukraine war have circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting “hundreds” of German howitzers were being used in the conflict.

Elias Atienza

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