‘Work has already begun’ on supplying fighter aircraft to Ukraine, Kuleba says

18 February, 11:30 AM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Amr Alfiky)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Amr Alfiky)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that he “has no doubt” that the West will supply Ukraine with modern combat aircraft to help it fight off the Russian invasion.

“There is no doubt that our state will receive Western combat aircraft — this work has already begun,” Kuleba said, according to a Foreign Ministry’s press release published on Feb. 17.

Kuleba noted that since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine has already received, in particular, anti-tank weapons, artillery, HIMARS multi-launch rocket systems, tanks, missiles and anti-aircraft defense systems.

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“The supply of aircraft remains to be agreed upon. The fight for them has to be structured a little differently,” the minister said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for the transfer of fighter jets to Ukraine during his visit to the United Kingdom on Feb. 8. The media reported then that UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had instructed his Defense Minister Ben Wallace to study which aircraft London could send to Kyiv.

A final decision on the supply of fighter jets by the UK has not been made yet, however.

Earlier, Kyiv also made an official request to the Netherlands for the provision of fighter jets.

After speaking at the European Parliament and at an EU summit, Zelenskyy said that there were “certain positive decisions that remained behind the scenes” regarding the supply to Ukraine of fighter jets.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said it is working on acquiring the first squadron of foreign combat aircraft. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba earlier said that some of Ukraine’s European partners have already “taken up” the issue of fighter jets.

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