Zelensky requests fighter jets from UK as he visits


Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he discussed “a coalition of jets” in discussions with the British prime minister at Chequers today.

“I see that in the closest time, you will hear some, I think, very important decisions but we have to work a little bit more on it,” he said after a meeting with Sunak.

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Earlier the UK government said “This summer we will commence an elementary flying phase for cohorts of Ukrainian pilots to learn basic training. This will adapt the programme used by UK pilots to provide Ukrainians with piloting skills they can apply a different kind of aircraft. This training goes hand in hand with UK efforts to work with other countries on providing F16 jets – Ukraine’s fighter jets of choice.”

However, so far London has been reluctant to directly supply modern jet fighters, arguing that it is logistically difficult to put them into operation in Ukraine.


Zelensky began a visit to the United Kingdom on Monday.