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Like previous weapons, F-16s will not provoke Russia to “escalate” – Ukraine’s FM

Like previous weapons, F-16s will not provoke Russia to “escalate” – Ukraine’s FM

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister has urged the international community to supply F-16 fighter jets to deter Russian aggression, noting that this would not provoke Russia to “escalate” as was previously claimed about other types of weapons that Ukraine had received.

The call for F-16s comes as Ukraine seeks to defend against Russian aircraft dropping modernized high-explosive bombs. According to the spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuriy Ihnat, F-16s capable of launching missiles up to 180 kilometers would be the most effective solution. Ukraine’s counteroffensive could be very difficult without air superiority, especially as the Russian defense lines are heavily fortified with military manpower.

Ukraine needs F-16s for defense against modernized Russian bombs – Air Force Command

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