With US approval, Denmark and Netherlands announce F-16s for Ukraine

The Netherlands and Denmark announced Sunday they will give F-16 warplanes to Ukraine, a long-awaited announcement that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called an important motivation for his country’s forces, embroiled in a difficult counteroffensive against Russia.

The promise of new fighter jets came the day after an unusually brazen Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian theater that killed seven people and wounded almost 150 others in the northern city of Chernihiv. Mr. Zelenskyy vowed stern retaliation for the attack. A 6-year-old girl was among the dead, and 15 children among the wounded.

After months of entreaties from Mr. Zelenskyy for F-16s to bolster the Ukrainian air force, the U.S. recently gave approval for the Netherlands and Denmark to provide Ukraine the American-made jets. Mr. Zelenskyy traveled to both countries Sunday to finalize the delivery deals.

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