Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday stated his military had taken supply of US Abrams battle tanks, boosting Kyiv’s forces of their slow-moving counteroffensive towards Russian troops.
Kyiv introduced the push to claw again floor from Russian forces in June after build up assault battalions and receiving some weapons promised by Western nations.
“Excellent news from (Defence) Minister (Rustem) Umerov. Abrams are already in Ukraine and are making ready to bolster our brigades,” Zelensky stated in an announcement on social media.
Zelensky didn’t elaborate on what number of tanks had arrived within the nation, nor on how lengthy it might take for them to be deployed to the entrance line.
⚡️The primary batch of Abrams tanks arrived in 🇺🇦Ukraine on Saturday, The New York Instances. pic.twitter.com/XwvhuHLEOF
— 🇺🇦Ukrainian Entrance (@front_ukrainian) September 25, 2023
Washington had promised to supply 31 Abrams tanks to Kyiv at the beginning of the yr, a part of greater than $43 billion in safety help pledged by the US over the previous 18 months.
US officers had stated the tanks can be paired with 120 mm armor-piercing depleted uranium rounds.
The choice to supply Abrams tanks to Ukraine represented a U-turn as American protection officers had repeatedly stated they had been ill-suited for Kyiv’s forces on account of their complexity.