It is not practical to send British fighter jets to Ukraine – UK Government.
The British Prime Minister’s spokesman stated that sending British fighter jets to Ukraine would be impractical at this moment in time.
"The UK’s Typhoon and F-35 fighter jets are extremely sophisticated and take months to learn how to fly. Given that we believe that it’s not practical to send those jets into Ukraine," he said.
"We will continue to provide and accelerate our military support to Ukraine and listen carefully to their requests," he added.
Answering to the question of whether the Government of the United Kingdom will allow other allies to provide Ukraine with less advanced jets, he added: "We will continue to discuss with our allies about what we think is the right approach. We have just committed our Challenger tanks and moved with our allies on that. Those tanks will be arriving fairly shortly."
Ukraine's Foreign Minister reveals the amount of tanks Ukraine will receive in the first wave of Western aid.
"I may only note that in the first wave of aid, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive 120 to 140 units of modern Western tanks: Leopard 2, Challenger 2, M1 Abrams, and we are very much expecting Leclerc," - said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
Kuleba noted that the tank coalition currently has 12 members. However, it is still quite early to name these countries, as some of them have yet to make formal decisions.
Russia to Recruit Ukrainian Citizens and Prepare a New Wave of Aggression
Despite the high intensity of hostilities, russia has not abandoned plans to occupy the territory of Ukraine, in particular the Donbas. Against the background of increasing the defense capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, russia is mobilizing all possible forces for offensives to make sure they manage before military assistance from partners arrives in Ukraine.
"Russia is preparing for a new wave of aggression with the forces they can mobilize. The occupiers are already increasing pressure on the Bakhmut, Vuhledar, and other sections. They want to increase the pressure. In order not to recognize the fallacy of aggression, russia’s masters want to throw more of their people and equipment into hostilities," Volodymyr Zelensky said.
Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War and the US publication Bloomberg also draw similar conclusions. "putin is still convinced that the involvement of more troops and the willingness to accept new victims will allow russia to win, despite the failures that it has suffered so far," Bloomberg writes.
A new wave of the russian offensive may start at the anniversary of the full-scale war because the kremlin is traditionally inclined to symbolic dates. "There is no secret that they are preparing for a new wave to match February 24, as they say. We have a certain understanding of the sections in the front where they want to do something," said the Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov.
"First of all, the invaders have a 'task' regarding the Donetsk and Luhansk regions: to reach the border of the regions," he says, and adds: "russia already understands that they have zero chances of winning the war against Ukraine."
To intensify hostilities, the aggressor mobilizes Ukrainian citizens who were deported from the temporarily occupied territories and those who stayed in the TOTs. russia is also trying to involve Ukrainian prisoners in the war.
"russia is recruiting imprisoned Ukrainian citizens who were forcibly taken to russian prisons. In particular, in Krasnodar, there is an active recruitment campaign of such persons into the private military company Wagner," the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informed.
At the same time, mobilization continues in russia, but in a more covert form. The kremlin has been unable to substantively explain why the decree on partial mobilization in russia continues to operate even after the set number of mobilized 300,000 people was reached.
In addition to the conscription of citizens for military service, partial mobilization also includes other measures necessary to provide for the tasks of the armed forces. We need to focus on the words and statements of the President of the russian federation about the end of mobilization, although the decree on partial mobilization provides for other functions necessary for the Ministry of Defense, "said kremlin spokesman dmitrii peskov.
Despite the pressure from the aggressor, Ukraine continues to successfully defend their territories and is preparing a mirror reaction to a potential offensive.
"Within the framework of the counteroffensive, which is being developed by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and discussed in detail at the meetings of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Headquarters, the russian federation will suffer two or four significant defeats; after this, the processes of disintegration and final demoralization in the russian army will go irreversible," predicts Mikhail Podolyak.