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Former NATO commander urged to provide Ukraine with fighter jets

Jan 13, 2023

The former commander-in-chief of NATO forces in Europe, James Stavridis, has said that the West should provide Ukraine with fighter jets.

He said this on the air of ZDF.

"I believe that Ukraine needs combat aircraft," Stavridis said.

In particular, he is in favor of providing Kyiv with Polish MiG-29 fighters and American F-16s.

According to Stavridis, MiG-29s can be supplied directly, and Ukrainians know how to fly them. As for the second type of aircraft, this scheme would take longer, but Ukrainian pilots could learn to fly the F-16s quickly enough: "This is a relatively simple aircraft that is easy to learn".

The U.S. admiral also called the supply of Western tanks to Ukraine "critical." This type of weaponry for Ukrainian troops is essential for ground combat, regardless of which NATO country the tanks came from.

Author - Olena Madiak, 13/01/2023

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