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Zelenskiy, a Ukrainian air force veteran, is confident that Russia will emerge victorious in the war due to the use of F-16s.

What is a summary?

The war will be lost by Russia’s “convinced” companies Zelenskiy.

The first U.S.-made F-16 jets are anticipated to be delivered in the coming year.

Russia warns that the decision will escalate the conflict.

Ukraine claims that F-16s will be instrumental in preventing air attacks on its military forces.

During a crowd in Copenhagen on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed confidence that Ukraine could stop Russia’s invasion by promising to receive U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets.

The first F-16s will be provided to Ukraine by Denmark and the Netherlands on Sunday, with the first six being delivered in the early months of 2017. Washington had sanctioned the delivery of the jets before Zelenskiy’s journey to Copenhagen.

Zelenskiy conveyed his belief that Russia would emerge victorious in the war, addressing a crowd of thousands outside the Danish parliament.

The war has been ongoing for almost 18 months, with Russia warning that supplying the jets to Ukraine would only increase the difficulty of the situation. Kyiv is now struggling to push back Russian forces from occupying almost a fifth of Ukraine’s land.

The Ritzau news agency reported that Russian ambassador Vladimir Barbin stated that Denmark’s decision to donate 19 F-16 aircraft to Ukraine “highlights the escalation of the conflict.”

He stated that Denmark is using the premise of Ukraine’s peace-making authority as a pretext to maintain its military confrontation with Russia, which it hopes will result in Denmark leaving Ukraine without an alternative.

The Ukrainian military emphasized the importance of the jet, which was launched in early June, in its counteroffensive against Russian fighter jets that were targeting advancing forces.

At Skrydstrup Airbase in Vojens, Denmark, [1/4]Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen are captured sitting inside an F-16 fighter jet on August 20, 2023. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus RasmussEN via REUTERS/File Photo Acquire Licension Rights.

According to Yuriy Ihnat, an air force representative, superior performance in the air is crucial for ground success, as stated by Ukrainian media.

The Danish Defence Minister, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, stated that Ukraine is only permitted to use the donated F-16 aircraft within its territory.

On Monday, Ellemann-Jensen stated that their donation is contingent on the use of weapons to drive the enemy from Ukraine.

“Whether it’s tanks, fighter planes, or something else,” he stated.

The Netherlands has 42 F-16s available, but it is uncertain whether all of them will be donated, while Denmark intends to deliver 19 jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has referred to the decision as a “clear agreement”.

On Saturday, Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov stated that Ukrainian pilots had started their training, but it would take a minimum of six months and potentially longer for other personnel to undergo the same training.

Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Pavel Polityuk were responsible for reporting, while Angus MacSwan and Philippa Fletcher handled editing.

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