8 Senators Urge Pentagon to ‘Take a Hard Look’ at Sending Ukraine F-16s: Could Be ‘Game Changer’

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A bipartisan group of senators called on the Pentagon on Tuesday to “take a hard look” at sending advanced U.S. fighter jets to Ukraine to aid the country in its war with Russia.

The group of eight senators, led by Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), wrote in a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that the U.S. was “at a critical juncture in the conflict” and asked Austin to answer numerous questions on the possibility of sending Ukraine F-16 aircraft.

“After speaking with U.S., Ukrainian, and foreign leaders working to support Ukraine at the Munich Security Conference last month, we believe the U.S. needs to take a hard look at providing F-16 aircraft to Ukraine,” the senators wrote.

In addition to Kelly, senators signing on to the letter were:

  • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. Ted Budd (R-NC)
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
  • Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)
  • Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)