Peskov criticizes delivery of US-made M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine

Russia has denounced the arrival in Ukraine of the first batch of U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday the delivery would “in no way” impact the outcome of the war.

“There is no panacea and one kind of weapon that can change the balance of forces on the battlefield. There is no such weapon,” he told reporters.

He acknowledged that “Abrams tanks are serious weapons” but asserted that they, too, would “burn” as other weapons have done. “The Americans continue to increase their indirect involvement in this conflict,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that the first M1 Abrams tanks are “already in Ukraine.” The tanks will “reinforce our actions against the occupiers. And it will be a significant reinforcement,” he said late Monday in his nightly address.

President Biden committed in January to sending 31 of the advanced battle tanks.

U.S. military officials have said that the deliveries would be gradual but that they expected them all to arrive in the coming weeks.

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