Long-range missiles to Ukraine: Biden’s breakthrough

The US is preparing for the first time a military aid package for Ukraine of more than 2 billion dollars, which should include long-range rockets, as well as other ammunition and weapons: This was reported by some US media. Reuters. The aid announcement should already be made this week. There are currently no confirmations. The package also includes support equipment for Patriot air defense systems, precision-guided munitions and Javelin anti-tank weapons.

US won’t give Zelenskiy F-16 fighter jets

The US will not supply the F-16 warplanes requested by Ukraine. President Joe Biden confirmed this by giving a clear “no” answer to a question posed by reporters at the White House. Biden’s comment came the day after the stance of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who refused to send fighter jets to Kiev. “Nothing can be excluded” when it comes to providing support for Kiev, said French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ukrainian officials said they needed jets to take control of the airspace. F-16 Fighting Falcons are considered one of the most reliable warplanes in the world and are also used by other countries such as Belgium and Pakistan. These would be a significant upgrade from the Soviet-era warplanes currently used by Ukraine, built before the country declared independence from the USSR more than 30 years ago.

After the decision to send tanks to Kiev, Ukraine’s new red line of arms is represented by warplanes, loudly demanded by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his closest aides. But now the western front is divided. Europe appears divided, as US President Joe Biden reiterates that Washington will not send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, with Germany and Hungary opposing an outright refusal, and France’s President Emmanuel Macron recording mild frankness: “Nothing. excluded in principle”. In Italy, where the sixth aid package, including air defense systems, was prepared for Ukraine, the discussion has not yet started. Recently, General Leonardo Tricarico, head of the ICSA Foundation and former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, underlined how much modern F-16 fighter jets will not be needed as Kiev already has Mig-29s equipped with some capabilities they did not have before. , as for the suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses.

Kyiv wants a jet

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrii Melnyk urged the allies to form a “coalition of fighter jets” that will supply Ukraine with Eurofighter, Tornado, French Rafales and Swedish Gripens. In addition, F-16 Fighting Falcons are considered one of the most reliable warplanes in the world and are also used by countries such as Belgium and Pakistan. These would be a significant upgrade from the Soviet-era warplanes currently used by Ukraine, built before the country declared independence from the USSR more than 30 years ago.

On the other hand, Poland is in favor of sending all kinds of weapons, including the F-16, to Kiev. According to Andriy Yermak, adviser to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Kyiv has already received “positive signals” from Warsaw in this regard. However, yesterday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that any decision on this issue would be taken in coordination with NATO. Deputy Defense Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz said yesterday that Poland is not currently involved in negotiations on the transfer of F-16 warplanes to Ukraine.

Just as the Netherlands is likely to send military aircraft, it is not out of the question that the UK may move in that direction. For months, the London government has been open to the possibility that the necessary plane to control its airspace may arrive in Kiev. However, the aid that London considers will be indirect. In particular, the UK could send jets to allied Eastern European countries to allow them to “return” some of their warplanes to Kiev.

Commenting on the Western borders regarding the supply of F-16 warplanes, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, “What is impossible today is definitely possible tomorrow.” said.

Source: Today IT

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