NFollowing the promise of heavy battle tanks made just last week, the Ukrainian leadership is currently urging its Western allies to supply fighter jets. Biden has now rejected this, thereby straightening out statements by his Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer.
Meanwhile, France and Australia have agreed to jointly supply Ukraine with artillery ammunition. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited the south of the attacked country. And Kyiv continues to press for Russia to be banned from the Olympics.
Barely a year after the start of the war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated the need for his country’s complete victory. “Russian terror must lose everywhere and in every respect: both on the battlefield and insofar as not a single ruin remains in our country,” Zelenskyy said in his evening video address on Monday. “So that we can rebuild everything and prove that freedom is stronger.”
US President: US will not deliver F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine
The United States will not deliver F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, according to President Joe Biden. When asked by a reporter, “Will the US provide F-16s to Ukraine?” Biden said “no” in Washington Monday. So far, it has been said that the US government has not ruled out any particular weapon system and is aligning support with what Ukraine needs. It will be “discussed very carefully,” it said last Friday.
Macron does not fundamentally rule out the delivery of fighter jets
French President Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, does not fundamentally rule out the delivery of combat aircraft to Ukraine. “In principle, nothing is forbidden,” he said on Monday in The Hague when asked whether France might supply fighter jets to Ukraine.
However, Macron set some conditions against which Ukrainian requests would be examined on a case-by-case basis: First, Kyiv would have to make an “official request”. In addition, the weapons should not have an escalating effect and should not touch Russian soil, but should only be used for defense. Nor should the French army be weakened by arms deliveries.
Lula wants to mediate with Xi in the Ukraine war
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has proposed a mediation initiative by Brazil and China to end the Ukraine war. “It is necessary to form a group of countries that is strong enough and respected and sit down with the two at a negotiating table,” Lula said in a joint press conference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Brazilian capital Brasília on Monday (local time ). He has already spoken to Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron about the initiative.