Thursday, January 18, 2024

F-16s for UKRaine: When Will They Arrive? UKR Repels 91 RU Attacks-24hrs; UKR and RU Forces Clash 85 times-1Day; UKR Kills 1,110 RUs, Destroys 24 Tanks-1Day; UKR Downs 11 Shahed Drones in Odesa Region Overnight, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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F-16s for Ukraine: When will they arrive and what can they do?
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is an American air superiority fighter that Kyiv has begged for since the start of the full-scale invasion and is expected to finally start receiving this year.
It’s a versatile workhorse of a jet that’s fought in dozens of wars and is in use by more than two dozen nations. The design can be considered venerable, but for Ukraine, with its meager fleet of Soviet MiG-29s, it’s a meaningful upgrade.
It will improve the Ukrainian Air Force’s ability to support its ground troops and intercept Russian bombers before they can strike military or civilian targets. However, experts cautioned that it’s not a silver bullet and requires a lot of preparation to be useful.
Washington’s authorization for allies to give F-16s to Ukraine came through in August 2023. A month earlier, 11 countries formed the “fighter jet coalition” that would deliver the planes and prepare Ukraine and its pilots to use them. It later grew to include 14 countries.
The coalition is led by the U.S., Denmark, and the Netherlands. The others include Norway, the U.K., Greece, Luxembourg, Canada, Poland, France, Romania, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden.
Some of them are supplying the actual hardware — planes, munitions and equipment. Others are making their jets and instructors available for training or preparing pilots on their soil.
The exact number of F-16s to be delivered has yet to be determined. The Netherlands and Denmark will provide at least 37, while Norway and Belgium pledged to give some as well. Delivery dates range from 2024 to 2025, as is the case for the expected completion of the pilot training programs. ... LOTS MORE INFORMATION HERE
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War update: Ukrainian forces repel 91 enemy attacks in past 24 hours
Ukraine's defense forces repelled 91 enemy attacks in seven sectors of the front in the past 24 hours, most of them on the Avdiivka axis.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said this in its morning update published on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.
Ninety-four combat engagements were recorded over the last day. In total, the enemy launched a missile strike, 68 airstrikes and 78 attacks using multiple rocket launchers on the positions of Ukrainian troops and Ukrainian cities and villages.
Airstrikes were recorded in Vesele and Berestove, Kharkiv region, Novoliubivka and Serebrianske Forestry, Luhansk region, Terny, Yampolivka, Bohdanivka, Avdiivka, Oleksandropil, Novomykhailivka and Vodiane, Donetsk region, Novodariivka, Zaporizhzhia region, and Zmiivka, Novoberyslav and Beryslav, Kherson region.
More than 110 towns and villages in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions came under artillery fire.
The situation in the area of responsibility of the North operational and strategic grouping of troops in the Volyn and Polissia sectors remains largely unchanged.
In the Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna sectors, the enemy maintains its military presence in the border areas, conducting subversive activities to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops to dangerous areas and increasing the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod region.
In the area of responsibility of the Khortytsia operational and strategic group of troops on the Kupiansk axis, Ukrainian defenders repelled two enemy attacks near Synkivka, Kharkiv region.
In the Lyman sector, Ukrainian defenders repelled 13 enemy attacks near Terny, Yampolivka and Torske, Donetsk region, and 19 attacks near Serebrianske Forestry and Bilohorivka, Luhansk region, and Hryhorivka, Verkhniokamianske and Vesele, Donetsk region. --->READ MORE HERE
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