Former German general advocates sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine

24 April, 03:20 PM
F-16 (Photo:REUTERS/Ann Wang)

F-16 (Photo:REUTERS/Ann Wang)

Retired German General Erhard Bühler has called for faster Western military assistance to Ukraine, including the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, German newspaper Bild reported on April 23.

Bühler said Ukraine needs "more ammunition for air defense and combat aircraft."

The general said he was specifically referring to "American F-16 fighters, of which there are a huge number in the world.

"However, Bühler stressed that the F-16 was "just an example."

“The issue (overall) is giving Ukrainians the opportunity to ensure the security of their country in the long run," he said.

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Earlier, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said a positive decision on the transfer of modern fighter aircraft to Ukraine could come in a matter of one to two months.

Before that, Ukrainian Air Force Aviation Commander Serhiy Holubtsov said on March 20 that Ukrainian pilots would be able to learn to fly F-16s in less than six months.

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