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The US confirms its support for the supply of F-16 fighters to Ukraine

By Euronews in Spanish with EFE 05/20/2023 – 08:38

Fighting intensifies in Bakhmut, Russia bombs kyiv for the tenth time this month and the United States confirms its support for the supply of F16 fighters to Ukraine

The battle for Bakhmut is still ongoing after almost ten months of slow progress. The leader of the mercenaries, Wagner, has admitted that they cannot finish capturing the city in the face of the fierce resistance of the Ukrainians and their counterattacks.

Meanwhile, Russia has launched the tenth bombardment against kyiv so far this month. The Russian army attacked “high-precision weapons from the sea deployment points and training centers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as warehouses of foreign-made ammunition, weapons and equipment”, said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.

In addition, this Friday good news arrived for Ukraine because The United States announced that it will support the supply of US-made F-16 fighters and the training of Ukrainian pilots. Denmark has offered to train the Ukrainian pilots. Although the training is expected to take several months to complete, the international alliance of fighters is a sign of the determined willingness of the West to help the country and they could consolidate any Ukrainian advance.

Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk was informed that “There are still obstacles to overcome.”

President Zelenski has celebrated the decision before his trip to Japan where he will be in person at the G7 summit according to the Japanese foreign minister.

According to diplomatic sources, the Ukrainian leader would be traveling to Japan on a French government plane from the Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia, where he was visiting to participate in a summit of Arab League heads of state.

Zelensky is expected to arrive at the Hiroshima airport at noon this Saturday (Japanese local time) and will participate in sessions this Saturday, in addition to holding a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and another with US President Joe Biden, although it is unknown when.

“Regarding the situation in Ukraine, which is one of the main items on the G7 summit agenda, from the perspective of reflecting the voice of Ukraine, Prime Minister Kishida visited the country in March and met with President Ukrainian Zelensky”continued the Japanese Foreign Ministry statement.

Zelenski is expected to participate in discussions with the G7 leaders on military support for Ukraine and on eventual peace negotiations, according to an official from the European Union (EU), another of the organizations represented at the Hiroshima summit.

The EU considers that one of the most important aspects of the Ukrainian leader’s participation in the summit will be his direct access to dialogue with leaders of other invited countries, and in particular with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is attending as acting president. of the G20, according to the same source.

The confirmation of the visit by the Japanese side comes after a day of contradictory information regarding the surprise visit, since at first the leader’s participation had been announced electronically.

Source: Euronews Espanol

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