Russia’s invasion of Ukraine certainly hasn’t gone as smoothly as the Kremlin would have liked, and the protracted conflict has taken its toll on the Kremlin’s fighting force.
That’s not to say that they were fully prepared in the first place; there is plenty of evidence of essentially-ancient Russian military equipment being rolled into Ukraine on dry-rotting tires, driven by duped teenage soldiers, up until the point of their mass desertions.
But now, as Ukraine’s resistance continues to deplete Moscow’s military assets, Vladimir Putin is hoping to procure drones from fellow authoritarians in Iran.
In a game of international one-ups-manship, the US is now considering sending fighter jets to Ukraine.
Senior U.S. officials acknowledged Wednesday that the United States and its allies are considering whether to provide Ukraine with new fighter jets and the training needed to operate them, a move that would dramatically expand Western involvement in the war with Russia.Trending:
Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said that although he would not speculate what type of aircraft might be transferred, discussions are ongoing about how to reinforce Ukraine’s fleet, including with new planes. The Ukrainian air force has been outgunned by Russia since the invasion began Feb. 24, sparingly flying an assortment of MiG jets and other Cold War-era planes.
There were plenty of options on the table.
Brown said there are several possibilities, including American-made fighters or some made in Europe. Options include the Gripen fighter made in Sweden, the Rafale made in France, and the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is built by a consortium of companies in several countries.
“It’ll be something non-Russian, I can probably tell you that,” Brown said during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. “But I can’t tell you exactly what it’s going to be.”
Russia has consistently warned the western world to remain uninvolved in Ukraine, however, and such a move could bring more belligerent threats from the Kremlin.