Expert says Ukraine could end the war ‘within 30 days’ thanks to the US’s tanks

Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles sit on guarded rail cars at a rail yard on July 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Two M1A1 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles sit on guarded rail cars at a rail yard on July 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

As the United States sends 31 of the advanced M1A2 configuration of the Abrams main battle tank to Kyiv, some experts say Ukraine may now have enough firepower to end the war "within a month" of the tanks being deployed.

Among those predicting a swift end to the war is Col. David Hunt, who joined News Talk 830 WCCO’s Chad Hartman to discuss the move from the US and other countries.

Joining the US in its support of Ukraine are Germany, Canada, and several other nations, who are also sending heavy artillery to the country to aid in the fight against the Russian invasion.

Hunt says the model of tank being given “is the best tank in the world” and will offer a huge boost for the nation that has almost been fighting off Russia’s invasion for a year.

The Colonel continued saying that just because the orders were signed doesn’t mean things are going to wrap up overnight, as training, shipping, and several other factors will play a part.

While Poland, Britain, and other countries’ tanks will take between 30 and 60 days to arrive, Hunt said it’s going to take the US at least three months before they arrive in Kyiv.

Still, Hunt stressed once they do touch down, they will make a dent in the Russian army quickly.

Hunt said that “as soon as those tanks get on the ground, within 30 days” the war could be over.

With the support from the US and other Ukraine allies, Hunt shared that he could see the Biden administration doubling down and sending attack helicopters and fighter jets next, despite saying previously they wouldn’t.

“We’re not going to deploy M1s over to these other countries… by themselves,” Hunt said. “They need aircover. They need a lot of maintenance, a lot of weapons, and a lot of fueling, so it opened the door. The nose is under the tent to expand this.”

While the nation has offered more than $40 billion in support to Ukraine, Hunt says he can’t see the US cutting off its support without a resolution being reached.

Even further, he says that this could end with Crimea going back to Ukraine.

“Right now, for the Russians [it's] next to impossible to resupply to Crimea. It’s very very hard,” Hunt said. “They’re not doing it on the ocean [or by land].”

Hunt has been critical of Russia’s army, calling it one of the worst the world has seen since before World War I. Now the deployment of tanks and artillery from Ukraine’s allies could be the final nail in Russia’s coffin.

“Within a month of those tanks being deployed into fighting, I think it’s over,” Hunt said, estimating that it could be four to six months from now.

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