It has been announced that Poland will send four MiG-29 fighter planes to Ukraine in the next days. More details to come later.
“First, literally in the next few days we will handover, as far I remember, four aircraft Ukraine to full working order,” said Andrzej Duda, Polish President.
“The rest are being prepared and serviced.”
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This makes Poland the first NATO country to fulfill the increasing urgent demands of the Ukrainian government for warplanes.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zilenskyy repeatedly stated that his country needed jets to fight back against Russia’s invasion.
Both the UK and US have rejected sending F-16 fighter planes to Ukraine.
Because of the lingering fear of an increase in conflict outside Ukraine’s borders, the West is unwilling to supply Ukraine with fighter planes despite the obvious advantage.
It is possible that such technology could be used to escalate conflict and be seen by Russia in a proxy war between NATO countries.
Although President Duda didn’t say whether other countries would make the same move as Slovakia, Slovakia has stated that it would send its obsolete MiGs to Ukraine.
Poland was one of the most active allies in pushing for more arms to Ukraine.
To begin, it will give four MiG-29s from the Soviet era to be transferred. Rest of the MiG-29s will be checked later.
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Sky News Ukraine was previously informed by President Duda that Ukraine will require “modern aircrafts, fighter jets of the future” to fend off Russian aggression.
He said that it would not happen in the near future because Ukrainian pilots need training.
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President Duda stated that Poland has approximately 10-20 MiG-29 aircraft.
Poland already sent 14 Leopard 2 tanks made in Germany to Ukraine.
When asked last week by Pawel Szrot, head of the president’s office, how many MiG29 planes Warsaw could supply, he said that it would “certainly” not be as high as 14.