Kremlin says US Abrams tanks will ‘burn’ in Ukraine

14 July 2023, Bavaria, Grafenwöhr: A U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank, photographed with mine roller mounted, as they will be delivered to Ukraine. In Grafenwoehr, the U.S. Army trains members of the Ukrainian armed forces for use on the American M1A1 Abrams tank. Photo: Matthias Merz/dpa (Photo by Matthias Merz / DPA / dpa Picture-Alliance via AFP)

MOSCOW, Sept 26, 2023 (AFP) – The Kremlin said Tuesday that US Abrams tanks supplied to Ukraine would not change the outcome of its offensive and would “burn”, after Kyiv received shipments of the vehicles.

Kyiv announced Monday it had received deliveries of the US Abrams battle tank, boosting its forces as they seek to break through heavily-fortified Russian defensive lines.

“All this can in no way affect the essence of the special military operation, its outcome,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a briefing.

“There is no panacea, no single weapon that can change the balance of power on the battlefield.”

Repeating a talking point the Kremlin has used about Western weapons, he said: “They too will burn.”

Ukraine has been asking for more Western weapons, including longer-range missiles, to help break through Russian positions and launch strikes deep within Russian-controlled territory.

Washington had promised to provide 31 Abrams tanks to Kyiv at the start of the year, part of more than $43 billion in security assistance pledged by the United States since the conflict began.

Russia has denounced the successive shipments to Ukraine, arguing they were prolonging the conflict.