Across Europe, various NATO nations have stunned the world by suddenly announcing that they will no longer send offensive tanks to the armed forces in Ukraine.
Additionally, Spain issued an apology to Germany for its prior commentary regarding the shipment of German tanks to the frontlines for purposes of aiding Ukraine.
The decision is surprising, given that the White House has recently approved $40B in funding for Ukraine, a move that has raised questions in light of the nation’s ballooning crises at home.
Varied reasons prevail for the sudden cessation of tanks shipment, in large part because of Russia’s own cessation of titanium sales.
Titanium is vitally important for the production of composite armor for the tanks.
Additionally, China has also reported varied supply chain issues that will hinder the mass production of additional military artillery within the United States, as reported by defense contractors in recent quarterly calls, notably Fortune 500 Company Lockheed Martin.
The cessation on behalf of European NATO members also emerges following the delivery of 300 Soviet-era tanks that had been delivered to Ukraine via Poland, subsequently depleting NATO defense forces, as repeated by Der Spiegel, a German publication, over the weekend.
This announcement raises fears that Putin’s war of attrition is achieving greater success than the standard narrative reported by the media, spelling serious problems for democratic societies in the imminent and long-term future.
On his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned that nations who intervene in Russia’s purported “special military operation,” which has been in place since February 24, will face stiff consequences.