The US may deliver F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine by the end of this year.
Source: John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, in an interview with Fox News
Quote: "The F-16s will get there [to Ukraine – ed.], probably towards the end of the year. But it’s not our assessment that F-16s alone would be enough to turn the tide here."
Details: Kirby has added that Ukraine now needs more artillery shells.
- The United States believes that the current capabilities of Russia's air defence and air force create "imperfect conditions" for the supply of F-16s to Ukraine at this time.
- Training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16s has not yet begun, and the first group of pilots is expected to leave, having prepared for this training, including by mastering English.