The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak called the issue of supplying fighter jets and long-range weapons to Kyiv resolved. On Thursday, February 9, he wrote in his Telegram channel.
“The issue of long-range weapons and fighter jets for Ukraine has been resolved,” he wrote.
Ermak promised to give details later.
Earlier in the day, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola urged European Union (EU) countries to provide Kyiv with long-range fighter jets and missile systems. She made such an appeal at the EU summit, which began in Brussels. It will discuss the increase in military, political and financial support for Kyiv.
The day before, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in London, where he addressed the British Parliament. He gave the host party a flight helmet – a gift from Ukrainian pilots – and asked to supply fighter jets to Kyiv.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in turn, said that the country could transfer fighter jets to Ukraine, but training pilots for them would take a long time. At the same time, Britain stated that the supply of fighters to Kyiv was unrealistic, and offered to focus on the supply of drones and other weapons.
Meanwhile, a number of politicians fear that the supply of such weapons could lead to a serious escalation. In particular, on February 1, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, indicated that the supply of military aircraft to Kyiv would only increase the “irrepressible appetite of the Zelensky regime” and become an escalation factor.
Western countries have stepped up military and financial support for Kyiv against the backdrop of a Russian special operation to protect Donbass. Moscow has repeatedly condemned the supply of arms to Ukraine. As noted, the supplied military equipment will not help the Armed Forces of Ukraine conduct an offensive, and, moreover, will become a legitimate target for the RF Armed Forces.