During the counteroffensive, which is scheduled for the summer, Ukraine will not use modern F-16 fighter jets. However, it uses all ground weapons.

This was announced by Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with NHK.

He explained why F-16s would not be able to be used in the summer:

  • It will take time to train Ukrainian pilots,
  • Ukraine will also have to negotiate with its partners to provide engineers and technical personnel who can handle the maintenance and repair of these complex aircraft.

He said Ukraine would be ready to deploy F-16s in the fall or winter.

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