Poland has begun sending MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine to repel the Russian invasion

MiG-29 fighter jet (AP Photo/Sasa Radic)

Government Poland This Monday in Warsaw announced that The first part of the process of transferring MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine has already been completed.

Polish presidential spokesman Marcin Przydacz, Avoid specifying the number of aircraft that were handed over to the Ukrainian authorities He added that “Ukraine will demand more support” from its allies during the official visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Warsaw on Wednesday.

On 17 March, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that Poland would fulfill “in the next few days” 4 MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine and thatOther (hardware) are being prepared and likely to be delivered soon“.

A day later, Slovakia also announced the decision to deliver 13 of these Soviet-made aircraft, although specialized sources estimate that due to their condition, part of these aircraft will be used for spare parts.

As Duda explained, “It’s about (the planes) MiG-29, which was still active in the air defense of our country, but its significance is secondary. We still have dozens that we received in the 1990s from the GDR (former German Democratic Republic) army.

A MiG-29 during a NATO event at Malbork Air Base in Poland (Reuters)

Soviet-made MiG-29 fighters had been in service with the Ukrainian Air Force since before the conflict broke out, so Its pilots are familiar with its operation.

On Thursday, March 30, the Ukrainian authorities announced that the first Slovak MiG-29s are already participating in combat missions in the Kharkiv region.

While Poland plans to replace the aircraft delivered to Ukraine with the purchase of 48 South Korean FA-50s and 32 American-made F-35A Lightning IIs, Slovakia will receive 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and 600 missiles. Hellfire II from the company. US Lockheed Martin through a low-cost acquisition program.

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Western countries have so far been reluctant to deliver fighter jets to Ukraine, fearing an escalation of the conflict.

But one taboo after another began to fall and in January, as a first step, Kyiv’s allies agreed to deliver heavy tanks to the former Soviet republic.

(with info from EFE and AFP)

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