Blinken says ‘transfer of F-16s’ to Ukraine ‘is underway’

Blinken says ‘transfer of F-16s’ to Ukraine ‘is underway’


A pair of European allies are in the process of transferring U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday, in a long-awaited upgrade of the war-torn nation’s air power.

“As we speak, the transfer of F-16 jets is underway, coming from Denmark, coming from the Netherlands,” Blinken said Wednesday morning on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Washington, D.C. “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.”

Dutch officials have promised to transfer 24 of the warplanes to Ukraine, while Denmark is expected to provide another 19. Those planes — together with jets that Belgium and Norway have promised to

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