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Report: Ukraine may get F-16s by July, but only 6 out of 45

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, prepare to launch F-16C Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton).

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Ukraine may only receive six out of some 45 U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets promised by its Western allies by July, according to The New York Times.

The main cause for the delay, the newspaper reported, is the delay in the training of Ukrainian pilots at Fetesti Air Base in Romania.

Although the training is on a faster track compared to normal standards, it still is slower than Ukraine and its allies had hoped, as the pilots had to master English-language skills and Western military practices to effectively use the F-16, it writes.