Zelensky thanks Denmark for F-16 fighter jets

Zelensky thanks Denmark for F-16 fighter jets
# 21 August 2023 19:35 (UTC +04:00)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used an address to Denmark's parliament to thank the country for its support, including a pledge to provide Kyiv with F-16 fighter jets, APA reports citing CNN.

"When humanity is a value for you and when your values match the values of other nations, you will definitely find all the necessary weapons to defend yourself how we do," Zelensky said Monday.

"I thank you, from all the Ukrainians, from all of us, thank you Denmark for your solidarity, thank you for your help, all the help provided to Ukraine."

The Ukrainian president also warned its European allies that "all of Russia’s neighbors are under threat if Ukraine does not prevail."

"International law will not be resuscitated. Democracies of the world, each of them can become a target either for missiles or for mercenaries or for destabilization," he said. "Ukraine will prevail."

Yurii Ihnat, Ukraine's air force spokesperson, told Ukrainian television that the jets "can change the course of events and provide us with what we need most."

The official said that Russian air superiority was hurting the war effort.

"At this very moment, eight to nine Russian fighter jets are flying freely in the occupied territories. They are dropping guided bombs and launching missiles," Ihnat said. "They will not be able to do this with the F-16s [present]. Air superiority is the key to success on the ground."

He said the first group of pilots in Denmark would be immediately retrained on the F-16. Another group of pilots who had recently graduated will head to the UK to complete a longer program, which will take up to two years.

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