First batch of Ukrainian pilots finish F-16 training in US, — POLITICO

F-16 Fighter Jet. Photo: U.S. DoD

First Ukrainian pilots have completed training on F-16 fighter jets at a military base in Arizona in the US.

That’s according to POLITICO, citing the spokesperson of the Air National Guard.

“[It is] a crucial step toward putting modern, American-made fighter jets in Ukraine’s skies,” Captain Erin Hannigan, a spokesperson of the Air National Guard, claimed.

However, Hannigan refused to say how many pilots have graduated or the exact date of graduation “out of abundance of caution for their safety.”

Now, the pilots will continue their training in Europe, according to POLITICO. With promises from Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium, Ukraine should expect to be provided with around 60 F-16 fighter jets.

It is expected that today, on May 24, the US will announce a new military aid package for Ukraine worth $275 million so that Ukraine has enough artillery and ammunition to repel Russians in the Kharkiv region.

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