KKremlin announced on Thursday that the delivery of Western tanks to Ukraine is proof of escalating direct US and European involvement in the current Russia-Ukraine conflict.
This occurred after the United States and Germany said on Wednesday that they would provide Ukraine with combat tanks to confront Russia.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that providing Ukraine with heavy weapons and ammunition shows the direct involvement of the West in Ukraine’s conflict.
“There are constant statements from European capitals and Washington that the sending of various weapons systems to Ukraine, including tanks, in no way signifies the involvement of these countries or the alliance in hostilities in Ukraine,” he said.
The United States said on Wednesday that it would pay $400 million to provide Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams tanks to increase the Ukrainian army’s strength on the ground.
On the other hand, before the US, Germany had agreed to send “Leopard 2 Tanks” to Ukraine, in what Kyiv hopes will be a game changer on the battlefield.
The recent decision by the West to support heavy ammunition to Ukraine will enter the Russia-Ukraine conflict into a new escalation phase altogether.
However, the Kremlin spokesperson said earlier that the provision of heavy ammunition would be a “failed plan” and the tank would “burn like all the rest”.