KYIV: Ukraine will now push for Western fourth generation fighter jets these as the US F-16 soon after securing materials of key struggle tanks, an adviser to Ukraine’s defence minister explained on Wednesday (Jan 25).
Ukraine won a big increase for its troops as Germany announced options to deliver weighty tanks for Kyiv on Wednesday, ending months of diplomatic deadlock on the situation. The United States is poised to make a similar announcement.
“The following large hurdle will now be the fighter jets,” Yuriy Sak, who advises Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, explained to Reuters by cell phone.
Ukraine’s Air Power has a fleet of ageing Soviet-era fighter jets that arrived off the assembly line right before Kyiv even declared independence far more than 31 decades in the past. The warplanes are utilised for intercept missions and to attack Russian positions.
“If we get them (Western fighter jets), the pros on the battlefield will be just huge … It is really not just F-16s (US multirole fighter jets): fourth era aircraft, this is what we want.”
Western armed service assist has been vital for Kyiv and has fast advanced during the war. Ahead of the invasion, even the plan of giving deadly help to Ukraine was remarkably controversial but Western provides have because shattered taboo immediately after taboo.
“They failed to want to give us hefty artillery, then they did. They did not want to give us HIMARS units, then they did. They failed to want to give us tanks, now they’re offering us tanks. Apart from nuclear weapons, there is absolutely nothing remaining that we will not get,” Sak said.