"Arm Ukraine with F-16 aircraft": Dmytro Kuleba addresses partners after missile attack
After another large-scale Russian missile attack on Ukrainian territory, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba appealed to Western partners. He called on them to arm Ukraine, in particular with F16 aircraft.
He wrote about this on his Twitter account. According to the minister, the international community should focus on establishing a just and lasting peace
"This Saturday, Russia launched another missile attack on Ukraine. The international community should focus on establishing a just and lasting peace: arming Ukraine, including F-16s, to close the skies and implementing the Ukrainian Peace Formula," he said.
Kuleba stressed that "Russia will not stop until it is stopped".
On Saturday, 5 August, Russia launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine. In particular, it launched Kalibr sea-launched cruise missiles from the Black Sea, Kinzhal supersonic air-launched missiles from Russia and Iskander ground-launched ballistic missiles from Belarus.
Monitoring channels reported about 10 explosions in Khmelnytskyi region and three explosions in Zhytomyr region. It was also loud in Zaporizhzhia region. The head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, Yuriy Malashko, said that the enemy had launched another attack on the regional centre.
As a reminder, the United States previously announced that in a few weeks it would start training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets. It will take place in Europe and last for several months. At the same time, no country has committed to sending F-16s to Kyiv.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported:
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that training for Ukrainian pilots is likely to start in August, and the first F-16s could appear in Ukrainian skies by the end of the first quarter of 2024. However, the timetable could be slipped due to a large number of nuances.
Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, said that Ukrainian pilots have been "sitting on their hands and knees" for almost two months. According to him, the decision to transfer the F-16 and train them is a difficult one. In addition to pilots, other specialists need to be trained.