Ukraine sets sights on fighter jets after securing tank supplies

KYIV: Ukraine will now press for Western fourth technology fighter jets this sort of as the US F-16 right after securing provides of primary fight tanks, an adviser to Ukraine’s defence minister claimed on Wednesday (Jan 25).

Ukraine won a huge boost for its troops as Germany declared designs to supply heavy tanks for Kyiv on Wednesday, ending months of diplomatic deadlock on the issue. The United States is poised to make a equivalent announcement.

“The up coming massive hurdle will now be the fighter jets,” Yuriy Sak, who advises Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, told Reuters by cellular phone.

Ukraine’s Air Pressure has a fleet of ageing Soviet-period fighter jets that came off the assembly line ahead of Kyiv even declared independence much more than 31 years ago. The warplanes are used for intercept missions and to attack Russian positions.

“If we get them (Western fighter jets), the rewards on the battlefield will be just enormous … It really is not just F-16s (US multirole fighter jets): fourth era aircraft, this is what we want.”

Western military assistance has been essential for Kyiv and has speedily advanced for the duration of the war. Just before the invasion, even the concept of supplying lethal assist to Ukraine was hugely controversial but Western materials have considering that shattered taboo after taboo.

“They did not want to give us significant artillery, then they did. They failed to want to give us HIMARS devices, then they did. They failed to want to give us tanks, now they are supplying us tanks. Aside from nuclear weapons, there is almost nothing remaining that we will not get,” Sak said.