Denmark's transfer of 19 American-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine will take place in the second quarter of 2024, once Ukrainian pilots have completed training, the defence ministry said Saturday.

"Based on the current timetable, the donation should take place in the second quarter of 2024," the Danish ministry said in a statement.

"It's mainly an issue of finishing the training of Ukrainian personnel who will operate the planes."

Denmark, which is replacing its F-16 fleet with more modern F-35 jets, announced in August that it would provide the 19 planes after securing approval from the US government.

Kyiv had long sought to obtain the fighters after heavy losses incurred by its air force, which flies mostly Russian aircraft. The US F-16 has better combat capabilities than those operated by Ukraine.


But Washington had resisted allowing the jet transfers for fear of being deemed a direct belligerent in the Ukraine war by Moscow.

The Netherlands also announced last August F-16 transfers to Ukraine and is currently training Ukrainian pilots, but it has not yet said when the 42 planes will arrive.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky assured in his New Year's address that Ukrainian pilots were ready to fly the F-16s, which should be put into service this year.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Denmark's overall aid to Ukraine has reached 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion).

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Joseph Swanson
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The Kyiv Post is lying...Denmark is DELAYING delivery of F16's by SIX MONTHS as reported by US media outlet bloomberg.
Denmark PROMISED to deliver by end of 2023.
The west continues to lie while us Ukrainians continue to die.
Let this be a lesson for all...NEVER do business with the west OR communist russia.

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@Joseph Swanson, Brilliant observations paid trolls "Joseph" and "Jack".....please let your bosses know the democratic free world has not sent any lethal long range weapons to Ukraine. The F16 planes were just another ruse.

Please feel free to now gather russia's key military assets in tight clusters in open areas since there is no longer any threat. In celebration each cluster should be well lit and suitable quantities of vodka and cigarettes available for russia's sacrificial meat to help them in their decision making. Dark lord putin and the orange potato should be safe now attending the russian naked parties.