Joe Biden’s timing on Ukraine settlement

The BDN Opinion part operates independently and doesn’t set newsroom insurance policies or contribute to reporting or enhancing articles elsewhere within the newspaper or on

Gwynne Dyer is a London-based impartial journalist whose commentary is revealed in 45 nations.

A fantastic many individuals are glad that U.S. President Joe Biden has lastly agreed that Ukraine might be equipped with fashionable Western plane – particularly F-16s – however they’re nonetheless cross about his procrastination and nervous that he has waited too lengthy. From Ukraine’s viewpoint, they do have a case.

Ukraine’s dwindling fleet of aged ex-Soviet fight plane can not present enough air assist to the nation’s long-awaited counteroffensive this summer season. They’re too few and too outdated to outlive in opposition to the complete array of Russian anti-aircraft missiles and the a lot bigger numbers of Russian fighters (though these are additionally outdated).