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Bowing to pressure, Biden relents on F-16s to Ukraine

By Karen DeYoung, David L. Stern and John Hudson

20 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post reports on the U.S. decision to allow third countries to transfer fighter jets to Ukraine. Kyiv now hopes to receive U.S.-made F-16s as early as this fall

After months of U.S. insistence that Ukraine did not need F-16s to fight its war with Russia, Washington finally relented to pressure, agreeing not to stop allied nations from sending Kyiv the advanced Western fighter jets it has long desired.

Ukraine now hopes to have U.S.-made F-16s flying as early as this fall, following U.S. agreement to allow third countries to transfer the aircraft, according to an adviser to Kyiv's Ministry of Defense.

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