Ukraine lost hope for receiving F16 fighter jets this year as they greatly intensify drones production


Ukraine won’t be able to use US made F16 fighter jets this year, as the Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat told local Ukrainian TV channels on Wednesday.

“It’s already clear that we won’t be able to defend Ukraine with F16 fighters jets during the coming autumn and winter,” Ihnat said in a joint broadcast of several Ukrainian TV channels.

Ukraine has repeatedly asked its Western allies to supply F16 fighter jets, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that would be a sign that the Russian invasion would end in defeat.

US President Joe Biden in May approved training programs for Ukrainian pilots on F16 fighter jets, but no date has been announced for the supply of the jets yet.

“We had high hopes for this plane, that it would become part of our air defense system, and that it would protect us from the terrorism of Russian missiles and drones,” Ihnat said.

The West says it wants to help Ukraine defeat Russia, but has repeatedly stressed its unwillingness to ignite a direct military confrontation between the US-led NATO and Moscow.

ON Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his country is significantly intensifying the production of drones.

In his nightly video address, Zelensky stressed the importance of drones in defending his country against the Russian invasion.

“Drones are the eyes and protection on the front line… Drones are a guarantee that people won’t have to pay with their lives, when they can be used,” he said.

Zelensky also stressed the importance of delivering drones by international partners.

“In every combat brigade, the warriors ask first about drones, electronic warfare and military air defense,” Zelensky said, referring to the many frontline inspections he made in the past days.

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