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“Ukraine's allies are collaborating to increase the number of F-16 fighter jets provided to Ukraine”, announced Ukraine's Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba, during a joint press conference with Dutch counterpart, Hanke Bruins Slot, in Kyiv on December 5.
“The F-16 coalition is working, in particular, on increasing the number of aircraft to be transferred to Ukraine,” stated Kuleba.
“All political decisions have been made regarding the F-16s. We are already in the phase of technical preparations. As soon as the necessary infrastructure, training of Ukrainian pilots and technical staff is complete, the aircraft will be in Ukraine, safeguarding our skies and protecting our soldiers during the counteroffensive,” he said.
The work is ongoing to establish a Romanian training center for Ukrainian pilots and technicians, with the Netherlands assisting Ukraine with its infrastructure development and initiating the transfer of aircraft to Romania, he said.
“Today, I received assurance that the Netherlands government commitments to transfer F-16s to Ukraine will be fulfilled,” added Kuleba.
“Training for Ukrainian pilots commenced in Romania in November,” mentioned Bruins Slot in her turn. “Various countries, including Denmark, are taking swift measures to enable the use of F-16s in Ukrainian airspace”.
Rustem Umerov, Ukraine's Defense Minister, met with his Belgium colleague to discuss the transfer of F-16 aircraft to Ukraine on December 5.
Yuriy Ihnat, the Ukrainian Air Force’s spokesperson, told about the preparations for a training center designed for Ukrainian F-16 pilots in early November.
Ukrainian pilots are in the process of moving from using flight simulators to training in real combat aircraft, Ihnat announced at the end of October.
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