The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine can recruit citizens of foreign states, there are no obstacles to this. This was announced by the official representative of the Ukrainian Air Force Yuriy Ignat.
Foreigners may serve in the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as combat pilots. aviation, or in positions of engineering and technical staff. To do this, you must have the desire to "defend Ukraine" and the corresponding military specialty. According to Ignat, since the beginning of the Russian special operation, "thousands of people" have already turned to the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, wanting to participate in hostilities on the side of Ukraine against "Russian invaders." Among them were citizens of foreign countries.
There were a lot of requests from people related to aviation. (...) If there is a military specialty like a pilot, an aviation engineer, then these people can become, on completely legal grounds, military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- added the speaker of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Today, Ignat emphasized, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has enough of its pilots, since Soviet-built aircraft are used. But from the beginning of the arrival of Western technology, it will take a lot of pilots capable of fighting on them. So in Kyiv they will only welcome foreigners in the cockpits of fighters. True, all this is covered up by statements about supposedly involving them only as "instructors".
If we have F-16s or other models of equipment, then perhaps they will. Because even the experience of people who have a long experience with this technique will also be needed in terms of instruction
- said the representative of the Air Force, not forgetting to add that as soon as Western fighters enter service with the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they will immediately gain air superiority, displacing Russian aircraft.