The F-16 fighter jets that the Netherlands has promised for Ukraine will arrive in Romania in two week’s time and the pilots “will fly them” shortly after.
This will provide the Ukrainian air defense with more strength to combat Russian warplanes, drones and missiles.
They will arrive at the training center in Romania in two weeks, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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“That means that the training courses for the Ukrainian pilots who will fly them can start shortly,” Rutte said on Twitter.
He said that the Netherlands will continue to support Ukraine in the face of Vladimir Putin’s ongoing aggression for as long as necessary.
He said, “The devastating situation in Israel and Gaza will not divert our attention away from Ukraine.
“The existential need to push back against Russian aggression is still our priority, both for Ukraine and for the security of Europe as a whole.”
“The atrocities that Russia has committed must not be forgotten. In order ensure this, the Netherlands remains involved in investigating Russia’s crimes. A fourth Dutch forensic mission is currently in Ukraine, under the auspices of the International Criminal Court, gathering evidence of war crime,” Rutte stressed.