Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky informed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer he’s “very thankful” for US President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine ultimate month.
“It is the most important sign to the entire global that america is supporting us. And I feel that US imagine that we will be able to be triumphant,” Zelensky stated.
However at the query of whether or not america will ship Ukraine F-16 fighter jets to assist the struggle for regulate within the skies, Zelensky stated, “The fighter jets factor is tricky. We are looking ahead to this choice to be taken.”
“We in reality want this and in reality attraction to the president that they may get started coaching Ukrainian pilots, and President Biden informed me that it’s going to be labored upon … I imagine that the US will give us the chance to shield our skies,” Zelensky stated.
Requested if the provision of Western jets will “make or damage” a Ukrainian luck within the struggle, Zelensky stated: “Sure, we imagine so.”
Recalling a dialogue with Biden over jets, Zelensky stated Biden and his aides felt jets “weren’t wanted” nowadays.
“And I stated, ‘No, we want the ones jets,'” Zelensky stated.
“What fighter jets may do, they may assist us to shield ourselves,” Zelensky stated. “That is why we want it urgently.”
Extra on Ukrainian pilots: America is operating with Ukrainian pilots in the US to decide how lengthy it will take to coach them to fly F-16 fighter jets, 3 assets briefed at the topic informed CNN.
Two Ukrainian pilots are these days at an army base in america having their abilities examined in flight simulators to peer how a lot time they might want to learn how to fly more than a few US army plane, together with F-16s.
A US army reputable added that “there are not any updates to offer referring to F-16s to Ukraine” and there are not any quick plans to extend the choice of Ukrainian pilots in america.