Biden Admin Sending F-16s To Ukraine

American-made F-16 fighter jets are on their way to Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, announcing the follow through of a key commitment years in the making.

Blinken, speaking at the NATO public forum, said the advanced fighter jets are expected to be defending Ukraine’s sky’s “this summer.”

Blinken did not identify the number of F-16s being sent to Ukraine from the Netherlands and Denmark. A joint statement from Washington, the Hague and Copenhagen said other details are being withheld for “operational security.”

The delivery of F-16s comes on top of President Biden’s announcement that NATO allies are providing five more air defense systems to Ukraine, as the country continues to face devastating Russian missile strikes.

“Those jets will be flying in the skies of Ukraine this summer, to make sure that Ukraine can continue to effectively defend itself against the Russian aggression,” Blinken said in a statement.

President Biden first announced in June 2023 that NATO-partners would pledge to provide F-16s to Ukraine. In May, the first Ukrainian pilots graduated from a U.S.-training program.

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