F-16 jets on the best way to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands – Cyber Information

The primary batch of US-built F-16 fighter planes are already being transferred to Ukraine from Denmark and the Netherlands and will probably be flying over Ukrainian skies this summer time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Wednesday.

Blinken, talking at an occasion on the sidelines of the Nato summit in Washington, stated a sturdy bundle for Ukraine will probably be unveiled over the subsequent couple of days that may construct a transparent and robust bridge for Ukraine’s Nato membership.

“I’m additionally happy to announce that as we communicate, the switch of F-16 jets is beneath approach, coming from Denmark, coming from the Netherlands,” Blinken stated.

“And people jets … will probably be flying within the skies of Ukraine this summer time to ensure that Ukraine can proceed to successfully defend itself in opposition to the Russian aggression.”

Reinforcing air defences has been essential for Ukraine because it fights a Russian invasion. Moscow renewed its aerial assaults on Ukraine’s nationwide energy grid within the spring, inflicting sweeping blackouts.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sit in a F-16 fighter airplane at Skrydstrup Airbase in Vojens, Denmark, in August 2023. Picture: Ritzau Scanpix by way of Reuters

F-16s have been on Ukraine’s want checklist for a very long time due to their harmful energy and world availability. The plane is supplied with a 20mm cannon and may carry bombs, rockets and missiles.

“We’re getting ready to fulfill trendy fighter jets within the Ukrainian skies,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Rustem Umerov stated in a publish on X after assembly along with his Dutch and Danish counterparts.

President Volodymyr Zelensky stated final week that he wished to double Ukraine’s air defence capability over the summer time and that his nation wanted at the least seven extra Patriot methods to guard itself.

Nato members have introduced the supply of 5 extra Patriot and different strategic air defence methods to assist Ukraine. Nonetheless extra assist bulletins had been anticipated at this week’s summit in Washington, which marks the alliance’s seventy fifth anniversary.

A joint assertion from the leaders of the USA, Denmark and the Netherlands stated the Danish and Dutch governments had been within the means of donating American-made F-16s to Ukraine.

Denmark has dedicated to donate 19 planes in complete, whereas the Netherlands has promised to ship 24 plane. Each nations have been driving forces behind a world coalition to provide Ukraine with F-16s.

Norway additionally stated on Wednesday that it will donate six F-16 fighters to Ukraine and that the deliveries had been deliberate to begin this 12 months.

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