Here’s the recap of the 64th week of the russia-Ukraine war, and what happened lately.
US Grants Allies Permission: Arming Ukraine with F-16s!
The United States has announced that it will allow its allies to transfer F-16s to Ukraine. This is a significant decision that marks a serious change in the Biden Administration which had previously insisted that F-16s were not a priority.
Now, the United States has promised to help allies facilitate the transfer of aircraft and training for Ukrainian pilots. More concrete decisions regarding the exact number of aircraft and transfer timelines have not yet been announced but training for pilots is expected to begin within the next few months.
US and Allies Join Forces, Training Ukrainian Pilots on F-16s
The Netherlands, the United States, Belgium, Denmark, and Norway are some of the most recent countries to agree to help facilitate the instruction of Ukrainian pilots on F-16s.
Training has recently commenced in Poland. Josep Borrell, an EU diplomat, has stated that training has also begun in several other countries. The number of pilots and timeline for training have not been officially released.
Zelenskyy Attends the G7 Meeting in Hiroshima
President Zelenskyy attended the G7 meeting on May 20th and 21st in Hiroshima Japan where he met with world leaders to discuss continued support for Ukraine. The President had discussions with several allies including President Biden, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with many others.
His attendance gave President Zelenskyy to advocate for Ukraine on an international stage and also meet with leaders who have been lukewarm in their support for Ukraine thus far such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
US, South Korea, and Finland’s Military Aid Boost for Ukraine
President Biden announced a new $375 million package of military aid for Ukraine in a meeting with President Zelenskyy at the G7 summit. The package includes HIMARS ammunition, Javelins, artillery shells, and other equipment.
Additionally, a confidential agreement between South Korea and the US has been made to provide over one hundred thousand rounds of artillery ammunition to Ukraine.
South Korea will first send the ammunition to the United States and then the US will send the material to Ukraine. Finland has also announced a new 1 million euro military aid package for Ukraine that will include ammunition and anti-aircraft equipment.
Further specifics regarding material have been kept confidential for operational security. All of this equipment will be crucial for Ukraine’s upcoming counteroffensive.
NATO Parliamentary Assembly Declares russia’s Crimes in Ukraine as Genocide
On May 22nd, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly recognized Russia’s crimes against Ukraine as genocide in a unanimous agreement. During the meeting, the Parliamentary Assembly also agreed to motivate their respective governments to declare their support for Ukraine’s path to NATO membership during the upcoming NATO summit in July.