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The news comes because the US is preparing to send an extra five HIMARS systems to Ukraine, in addition to 580 Phoenix Ghost Drones. President Volodymyr Zelensky has also pleaded to the West to send more air defence capabilities as Russians turn to longer-range missiles to counter the arrival of the HIMARS rockets which to this point have proved devastating to Vladimir Putin’s forces. With the conflict now over 150 days long, the White Home is considering the notion of providing fighter jets to Ukraine.

Nonetheless, the move will not be something that might be done immediately in response to White House spokesman John Kirby.

He said: “The White Home is making some preliminary explorations within the feasibility of doubtless providing fighter aircraft to the Ukrainians, nevertheless it’s not going to be something that they’re going to give you the option to execute immediately.

“Integrating and operating any form of aircraft, especially advanced fighter aircraft, involves complex systems and weapons capabilities, and that’s a difficult endeavour.

“So this will not be something that’s going to occur anytime soon.”

The move would see an extra increase in support for Ukraine, which thus far, has amounted to some $8.2billion (£6.83bn).

Last week Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles “CQ” Brown said the US and allies are beginning to examine possible training for Ukrainian pilots.

Ukraine’s air force has publicly flagged its hopes for F-15s and F-16s.

Earlier this month, Slovakia stepped up its aid effort to Ukraine by donating 12 MiG 29’s to Ukraine, in addition to 30 T-72 tanks.

The most recent US package may even include aerial capabilities in the shape of the Phoenix Ghost drones.

The aircraft, built by AEVEX Aerospace LLC is a highly capable drone in response to reports which say “It’s a great ‘widget.”

It matches inside a backpack and might operate within the air for around six hours before returning to base.

It has infrared guidance which might operate at night and destroy medium-armoured targets.

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This previously unknown, one-time-use weapon is designed primarily to attack targets, though it’s also able to conducting non-lethal missions and is likened to the AeroVironment Switchblade—a loitering munition.

Such weapons mix the manoeuvrability, usability, and flight time of a drone with the lethal effects of a missile.

Speaking of the drone, a senior White House official said in May: “The Phoenix Ghost was rapidly developed by the Air Force, in response, specifically to Ukrainian requirements.

“That is a terrific example of adapting to their needs in real-time.”

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this week said his forces could inflict major damage on Russia as Kyiv leans on Western weapons in planned efforts to launch a counterattack and recapture territory.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Zelenskyy said a ceasefire with Russia without reclaiming lost territories would only delay the war.

He warned that a ceasefire that permits Russia to maintain Ukrainian territories seized because the invasion in February would only encourage a fair wider conflict, giving Moscow a possibility to replenish and rearm for the subsequent round.

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Hopes emerged of diplomacy providing step one toward a peace agreement following a deal between Russia and Ukraine to recommence the flow of grain and wheat from Ukrainian ports.

Nonetheless, reports emerged just hours into the deal that the port of Odessa was hit by missiles breaking any agreements in place.

President Zelensky said: “This proves just one thing, regardless of what Russia says and guarantees, it is going to find ways to not implement it.”

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, shared a picture on Telegram that appeared to indicate smoke rising from the port.

Writing on this post, he said: “How will the security of vessels within the port of Odessa be ensured, if Russia continues shelling?”

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Saturday that Ukrainian officials told him that the strikes had not hampered the “capability and capability of the docks, which is vital.”

He said: “The Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack they usually were examining the problem very closely and intimately.
“We’re also disturbed by this.”

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