Training for Ukrainian F-16 fighter jets is currently underway at a location that hasn’t been revealed. In the midst of this, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made a promise to retaliate following a deadly Russian missile attack in Chernihiv.
The Defense Minister of Ukraine mentioned that within the next six months, pilots might commence the utilization of F-16 fighter jets. The specific location for the training was not revealed.
In the meantime, an unfortunate incident occurred where a Russian missile struck the city of Chernihiv in Ukraine, resulting in the loss of seven lives. In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed a firm commitment to retaliate.
Below is a summary of key developments related to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine on Sunday, 20th August:
Zelenskyy pledges to respond following the Chernihiv attack
In his Saturday evening address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy strongly condemned the “utterly despicable” missile strike carried out by Russia on Chernihiv.
The incident resulted in the loss of seven lives and left 144 individuals injured.
Within the group, there was a young girl named Sofia, aged six,” he mentioned.
He also pointed out that Saturday marked the celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration, an important Orthodox holiday.
“I hold a firm belief that our troops will take action in response to this act of terrorism by Russia,” Zelenskyy affirmed. “The response will be substantial.
Ukrainian pilots undergoing instruction for piloting F-16 combat aircraft
Officials reaffirmed on Saturday that the process of instructing Ukrainian pilots to operate F-16 fighter jets has commenced.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov confirmed to Ukrainian TV channel 24 Kanal that the training is underway, though he did not specify the exact location.
He noted that the pilots will undergo a training period lasting at least six months, but he was unable to provide a timeframe for training engineers and mechanics.
He stated that in order to establish realistic anticipations, it’s advisable to consider a timeframe of at least six months. However, it’s important not to feel disheartened if the duration ends up being longer.
Moreover, the training encompasses technical terminology since the fundamental grasp of English among most pilots wouldn’t be adequate for jet operations.
The jets, which originate from the United States, are set to be provided through Denmark and the Netherlands. Just recently, on Thursday, approvals were granted by Washington for deliveries to commence once pilot training reaches completion.