The Dutch and Polish prime ministers announced their countries' intent to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.
“We set up the schedule for those training. Poland will help Ukraine train the pilots of F-16 jets,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at the European Political Community Summit in Moldova.
Poland also has "few" Patriot systems, Morawiecki continued, urging other countries who do have them to share them with Ukraine "as soon as possible." In March, Poland became the first NATO member to pledge MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine in a move to assist Kyiv’s battle against Russia.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who also attended the summit, said Thursday the Netherlands would also start training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 jets "as soon as possible."
Countries at the summit are "part of the fighter jet coalition for Ukraine. I have called on other countries present to join the coalition," he said on Twitter.
“This is an essential step in ensuring Ukraine can defend itself,” he added.