British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Wednesday that sending fighter jets to Ukraine isn’t the right approach “for now,” but stressed that nothing should be ruled out.
“I’ve been involved with this for a pretty long time. And I’ve learned two things; never rule anything in and never rule anything out,” Wallace told reporters when asked why Britain wouldn’t send Ukraine jets, according to Reuters.
“This is not a solid decision,” Wallace said. “For now, I don’t think that’s the right approach. … What’s going to move on this conflict this year is going to be the ability for Ukrainians to deploy Western armor against Russia.”
A day earlier, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said it was not “practical” to send Western-made fighter jets to Ukraine due to the months-long training that would be required. But Wallace made clear on Wednesday that London could change its position, as Germany and the US did on providing Kyiv with heavy tanks.
Long-training periods have also not deterred the US from promising some equipment for Kyiv, including the Patriot air defense systems. Military experts say Patriot training should take about six months. Ukrainian soldiers are currently taking an expedited training course for the Patriot systems, which is still expected to take several months. The training is taking place inside the US at a base in Oklahoma.
Wallace said the UK and its allies would have to be “pretty sure” that fighter jets would be “the next battle-winning requirement.” He said that for now, “I think we’re focused on the tanks, the land battle.”
President Biden this week said “no” when asked if the US would give Ukraine fighter jets. But his administration is planning a different escalation by preparing to send longer-range missiles and could eventually decide to provide Kyiv with the F-16 or other aircraft despite the risk of provoking Russia.
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Ukrainian airfields are destroyed, so they have to use NATO airfields for attacking Russia. Russia will be forced to destroy NATO airfields. What next?
Cocainsky demands nukes …
In 2021 he announced about making his own nukes. It was used as one of arguments for Russian military intervention.
Ukrainian airfields are not destroyed – in case you doubt this ask yourself why Ukrainian aircrafts are still flying and some still being shot down by Russia!
…why Ukrainian aircraft are still flying and most are being shot down by Russia, whereupon Russia destroys the airfield they flew out of. There, fixed it for you.
Seeing as the victory claims keep coming it would seem that they fix the airports as-well. More importantly since the Russians have been unable to destroy the Bridges over the Dnieper everywhere in and north of Zaporizhzhia, targets ever so more important than some airfields I propose that you are just spouting nonsense.
Even the NYT disagrees with you about the bridges…
November 11, 2022 – “The Antonivsky Bridge, the main crossing over the Dnipro River in the city of Kherson, was blown up before dawn on Friday after most Russian forces retreated and just before Ukraine’s forces entered the city.” That was the last bridge over the Dnipro that wasn’t destroyed.
That is the bridge near Kherson the Russians occupied this part of Ukraine, so no long range operation needed top blow it up – did you not notice this – I specifically wrote about the bridges north of that i.e. the bridges north of the Dam, the ones vital for Ukrainian deliveries to the east.
So if you follow the Dnieper up north of the dam you will see quite a few bridges – the Dnieper bisects Kyiv too! So the last bridge over the Dnieper is not destroyed – not by a long shot.
They are taking off from the motorways. Ukrainian roads were specially adapted for this. And hiding them. But they have very few aircrafts. They can’t influence the situation. They also need the infrastructure. Without proper airfields they can’t be efficient.
and yet, they are efficient with the little they have against the second largest ground force in the world. How embarrassing for your Russian team.
Yes, combat aircraft are designed to land on unimproved runways or even dirt strips or highways/streets but Let me ask you this, are the Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa airports destroyed?
I just named a few.
How does one destroy an airfield? The holes in a runaway get refilled and paved over in less than a day.
True and proven in all recent wars. However, destroyed hangars, towers and other critical structures are not restored in less than one day. And the interruption of power supply, which the Russians are constantly trying to do, can also make such fields less active, especially in winter when, I believe, planes must often be de-iced before they can go into combat.
Power supply for the deicers is not going to be knocked out. That is what generators are for. The biggest problem is the logistics of refueling, because the tankers have to be spread all around. Henderson field in WW2 was hit by over 900 two tons shells in one night and by mid morning was back in action.
Back in September, Russia said it had disabled 90% of Ukraine’s military airfields. I’m thinking that is more the truth than that they are all fully functioning, which our illustrious MSM claims.
Back in August, Russia said it had destroyed 44 HIMARS when Ukraine only had 16. Further back in the summer, Russia said it had destroyed 3,894 Ukrainian tanks when Ukraine only had less than 900 operational Tanks as of February 2022.
Yes, Russia is the Truth.
Dumb ass statement.
Get off your la la land. You critical thinking is non existent.
Lay off that Kremlin kool aid.
You are too silly to understand what is going on.
‘Just Wait a Couple of Days’: UK Defense Secretary on Jets for Ukraine
Giving US fighter planes used by NATO countries to the Ukrainian air force is not new. It was actually considered during the very early stages of this war. It was then already obvious that some very advanced technology had to be removed from the planes or else masked lest the Russians might get hold of it from a downed plane. It was proposed that the adjustments should be done at the U.S. Ramstein Air Force Base near Frankfurt where specialists are available. Ramstein is run by our Air Force but every square millimeter of Ramstein is German territory. Hence the Germans said no and as far as I understand that is still a no.
“Long-training periods have also not deterred the US from promising some equipment for Kyiv, including the Patriot air defense systems. Military experts say Patriot training should take about six months. Ukrainian soldiers are currently taking an expedited training course for the Patriot systems, which is still expected to take several months.”
It either takes “about six months” or it doesn’t. Expedited= half assed.
Expedited is more missiles hitting Poland.
Anglo-Saxons have, since the Bismarck Germany, some historians say all the way back to the Westphalian peace in 1648, done all they could to prevent Germany and Russia to be partners. We are there again, destroy both Germany and Russia is the real goal.
If you can’t compete destroy, China will be next if all goes as planned.
War is the most profitable business there is. Politicians with visions are not welcome anyway. The WEF, an economic Mafia is running the show, only, they are more ruthless than small time Mafia types.
So it goes.
‘Never Rule Anything Out’: UK Defense Secretary on Limited Nuclear War
Ben Wallace says nuclear warheads in East Siberian Sea not the right approach ‘for now’
Both the USA and the UK are bluffing, posturing before Russia eventually brings this horrible war to an ugly conclusion. Ukraine has no military airfields or pilots trained to fly these sophisticated machines. That is months or years down to road. Ukraine’s fate will be determined long before then.
American plan was successful only for EU. What concerns Russia, it failed miserably. Today Russia is stronger than a year ago. Military industry increased production drastically. The political situation is stable. People are united around their government. Russia/China alliance is stronger than ever before. Iran also moved closer to Russia. When NATO started economic war against Russia, they expected a different outcome.
And they could have known better, why didn’t they know better? Did they believe and fell for their own propaganda?
The Russian MOD is fighting a very successful war of attrition disarming NATO (Ukraine was disarmed in March), tank by tank, artillery by artillery, air defense by air defense.
NATO overall has accumulated the following equipment losses;
381 Aircraft, 206 helicopters, 3001 UAV’s, 402 Anti Aircraft systems, 7719 tanks inc. APC’s, 1003 multiple rocket launchers, 3981 rocket launchers and 8249 military automotive equipment.
What the empire looses in the Ukraine, they loose for the final Russian attack on NATO. Remember Russia attacked Ukraine just as NATO was about to unleash in the Donbass. Russia has shown they will pre-emptively attack to defend the Motherland from Europe and America when the time is dictated by events on the ground.
Whenever they say no to this question believe the opposite.
Polish authorities are recruiting crews for German Leopard tanks supplied to the Ukrainian military.
“Protect the native Polish lands. Become a tank driver. Protect Poland in Ukraine,” reads the advertisement in the Polish metro.
One has to ask the question: How long till Poland annexes Western Ukraine?
The President of Poland claimed that in addition to the Leopards, he was ready to transfer the remaining T-72s to Kiev. Warsaw has already sent 240 tanks, more than 100 armored vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and ammunition.
One has to ask the question: Shouldn’t Poland be making a declaration of war?
“Shouldn’t Poland be making a declaration of war?”
Nah, it’ll just be a Special Military Operation.
I think the Poles only need to line up and hate Russia. After all, hatred is their most powerful ally.
But NOT racist at all.
SMO against who, Russia, for what reason? Russia’s SMO was to protect Donbass against ethic cleansing and genocide. To do this Moscow had to Demilitarise and DeNazify Ukraine and now NATO.
So Polands SMO is to ensure the militarisation and Nazification of Ukraine? You see the confusion? I suspect that Poland’s SMO (i am happy to define it as a SMO because i get your point) is to Annex Lvov, time will tell.
BTW Poland trained and armed the fascists (right sector militants). Brian Christopher Boyenger US Trooper ran the crew of up to 50 NATO personnel, they along with the right sector had control of the Ukraina Hotel, where the shooting came from in the Maidan. It was NATO and the right sector who shot and murdered police and civilians in the protests. Poland had troops in the Donbass contributing to the ethnic cleansing and genocide, murdering ethnic Russians. Poland has committed war crimes in Ukraine, also has committed what the Hague calls the Supreme International Crime, THE CRIME OF AGGRESSION against Russia.
But Russia Russia Russia right?
So far as I can tell, the Russian SMO’s purpose was to do what eight years of messing around with low-intensity warfare hadn’t accomplished — absorb Donetsk and Luhansk and seize a land corridor connecting them to Crimea. There were certainly ancillary reasons that weren’t entirely indefensible, but mainly it was a land grab born of desperation to slow the decline of the Russian empire.
So far, the Russian forces haven’t even been able to accomplish those minimal objectives, let alone regime change (“de-militarization and de-Nazification” of Ukraine), and seem unlikely to do so in the foreseeable future.
The last thing Moscow wanted was to absorb Donbass. Moscow had many times refused Donbass’s request to join Russia. Minsk1 and Minsk2 were to keep the Donbass in Ukraine.
Moscow needed the poplation of the Danbass to remain in Ukraine…..The Donbass voters held the balance of power. This is why Obama and the Nazi’s were cleansing the Donbass, to ensure that there rabidly anti democratic brutal regime could stay in power.
There is just no basis for your statement. Up is Down, Black is White, Racism is Justice etc etc etc.
Ukraine and NATO will be DeNazified when the ethnic cleansing campaigns by neo Fascist Bandarite paramilitaries and NATO has ended.
btw the Nazi Paramilitaries and NATO mercenaries are the troops that fill the Anti retreat battalions and Draft people into the military by force.
But all we are doing is bringing democracy to Ukraine right?
Poland was the main precursor to the second World War and it is absolutely determined to initiate the third one.
It has to be hit HARD by Russia ASAP.
“One has to ask the question: Shouldn’t Poland be making a declaration of war?”.
It already de facto did.
Russia should respond accordingly ASAP.
Bill Gates just sold his shares in BioNTech. He accumulated $500,000,000 gain on his investment. Bill Gates has invested into another company which uses a different technology. Bill Gates now trashes mRNA technology as a failure and promotes his new company technology.
Nothing to see, move along.
Brain dead. One of these days the Brits will wake up and realize they don’t run an empire anymore.
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