The US says it will send M1 Abrams tanks to Kyiv as international reluctance to send modern military equipment to the Ukrainian battlefront begins to wear off.
The announcement comes after Germany confirmed on Wednesday that it would supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks and would allow its partners to do the same.
This is seen as the first phase of a concerted effort by the West to provide more heavy weapons to Ukraine.
For months, Kyiv has been asking its supporters to provide them with battle tanks in preparation for the renewed Russian offensive that analysts expect to take place in the spring.
US President Joe Biden said that 31 advanced Abrams battle tanks will be delivered within months.
Biden’s decision reflects months of debate within his administration over whether it is too difficult for Ukrainian forces to operate and maintain.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed relief at the news, but military analysts say it is not clear how much impact German and American tanks will have on the battlefield.
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the intentions of Washington and Berlin “a somewhat disastrous plan”.
“These tanks will burn like all the others,” he said, adding that the only difference is that modern tanks are more expensive.