Ukrainian officials say Russian attacks have left 11 people dead amid local appeals for the country’s armed forces to be provided with foreign fighter jets.
Ukraine seeks fighter jets after tanks
Ukraine will push for foreign fighter jets such as the US F-16 after securing supplies of main battle tanks, an adviser to Ukraine’s defence minister says, amid reports of new Russian missile and drone attacks.
Ukraine won a huge boost for its troops on Wednesday as Germany and the United States announced plans to provide heavy tanks, ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock on the issue.
“The next big hurdle will now be the fighter jets,” Yuriy Sak, who advises Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, told Reuters by phone.
Ukraine’s Air Force has a fleet of ageing Soviet-era fighter jets that came off the assembly line before the country declared independence more than 31 years ago.