The US has sent 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks as promised to Kyiv by the Biden administration which have now arrived in Ukraine.
The US Army Europe and Africa Spokesman Martin O’Donnell told the Voice of America that as well as the tanks ammunition and spare parts has also been sent.
“We have lived up to our end of the bargain. From this point forward, it is up to them [Ukraine] to determine when and where they will deliver this capability,” O’Donnell said.
He added, “I think Ukraine will be deliberate in when and where they use it. The Abrams tank is one hell of an armored vehicle, but it’s not a silver bullet.
“Ultimately, it’s Ukraine’s determination to break through that matters most.”
The Abrams will be added to other Western tanks which are already in service with Ukraine, who are fighting Russia in the eastern and southern regions of the country.
The Abrams tanks’ arrival in Ukraine comes as the United States provided up to $200 million in additional military aid for Ukraine in a package last week.
The Pentagon said the package included weapons for air defense such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, artillery munitions for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), TOW anti-tank missiles, and 155mm and 105mm rounds.
The Pentagon still has approximately $5 billion in congressionally authorised military aid to Ukraine.