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Putin vows strikes on NATO airfields as Ukraine will receive first batch of F-16s within days

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The Ukrainian Air Force has confirmed on Wednesday that they will receive the first batch of F-16s within days.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Ilya Yevlash said the multi-role fighter jets could arrive after Orthodox Easter on 5 May.

Yevlash refused to provide the dates as the Air Force “does not think about these dates,” as the West has changed them so many times throughout the war.

Yevlash said, “Our task is to work with what is provided to us, we are not directly responsible for supplies, this is a question for the highest military-political leadership.

“When the first fighters arrive in Ukraine, we will definitely talk about it.”

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In April a senior Ukrainian military official has said that F-16 fighter jets are “no longer relevant” as they were “needed in 2023.”

Vladimir Putin has warned that he will order missiles strikes on NATO military airbases which have F-16s ready to be deployed to Ukraine.

Putin said the strikes will hit the supersonic fighters should they carry any nuclear weapons, even though no Western government has mentioned anything about nukes.

Putin told pilots that Russia is ready to destroy any F-16s sent from NATO members “wherever they are.”

The Russian despot said, “Of course, if they are used from airfields of third countries, they become a legitimate target for us, no matter where they are.

“We will destroy their planes in the same way that we destroy their tanks, armoured vehicles, and other equipment, including multiple launch rocket systems.”

Putin added, “The F-16s are also carriers of nuclear weapons, and we will also have to take this into account when organising combat work.”

A high-ranking Ukrainian officer told the Politico, “Often, we just don’t get the weapons systems at the time we need them – they come when they’re no longer relevant.

“Every weapon has its own right time. F-16s were needed in 2023; they won’t be right for 2024.”

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