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President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that the United States is sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine in its war against Russia.
The U.S. will also provide the necessary training and supplies needed to operate and run these tanks, he said.
The president said sending the tanks will "enhance Ukraine’s capacity to defend its territory and achieve its strategic objectives" because they are "the most capable tanks in the world.”"That’s what this is about — helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian land.
Senior administration officials also emphasized that 31 M1 Abrams tanks are the equivalent of one Ukrainian tank battalion.
“The reason for 31 is because that is how many tanks would constitute a Ukrainian Tank Battalion,” an official said.
First lady Jill Biden had two cancerous lesions removed Wednesday, the White House doctor said in a memo.
"The procedure confirmed that the small lesion was basal cell carcinoma," Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a statement afterwards.
O'Connor said that "as anticipated," Biden "is experiencing some facial swelling and bruising" after the outpatient procedure, "but is in good spirits and is feeling well.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and is easily treatable if detected early.
O'Connor noted that basal cell carcinoma lesions "do not tend to 'spread' or metastasize, as some more serious skin cancers such as melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma are known to do.