Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used an address to Denmark’s parliament to thank the country for its support, including a pledge to provide Kyiv with F-16 fighter jets.
“When humanity is a value for you and when your values match the values of other nations, you will definitely find all the necessary weapons to defend yourself how we do,” Zelensky said Monday.
“I thank you, from all the Ukrainians, from all of us, thank you Denmark for your solidarity. Thank you for your help, all the help provided to Ukraine.”
The Ukrainian president also warned its European allies that “all of Russia’s neighbours are under threat if Ukraine does not prevail”.
“International law will not be resuscitated. Democracies of the world, each of them can become a target either for missiles or for mercenaries or for destabilization,” he said. “Ukraine will prevail.”
On Sunday, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen pledged to donate 19 F-16 aircraft to Ukraine between this year and next.
“Today we announce that we will provide 19 F-16 jets to Ukraine. We believe Danish fighter jets will help protect your skies.
“The aim of this delivery is to protect Ukraine. We plan to provide the jets closer to the new year, about six of them; then eight in the next year and then another five,” said Mrs. Frederiksen alongside Zelensky in a joint press conference at the Skrydstrup airbase in Denmark.
Also on Sunday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that the Netherlands would provide Ukraine with F-16 aircraft, without specifying how many.