Poland is the first NATO country to send fighter jets to Ukraine


The Ukrainian government will soon receive Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets, according to Poland President Andrzej Duda.

On March 16, Duda announced that Poland’s air force would switch out the aircraft it provides to Kiev for FA-50 and F-35 aircraft built in South Korea and the United States, respectively.

As Kiev requests airplanes to combat Russian forces, Poland would become the first NATO member to deliver the fighter jets after the transfer.

At a news conference in Warsaw, Duda stated, “If I recall properly, we will first deliver four completely operational planes to Ukraine in the coming days.

As the war enters its second year, Kyiv has requested fighter jets to bolster its air force, but there is currently no indication that the US or the UK will provide fighters.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, made requests for potent military hardware on unannounced trips to the UK, France, and Brussels, where the European Union institutions are located, last month.

In order to help Kyiv earn “wings for independence,” he urged the British Parliament to provide combat planes. This would help turn the tide against Russia’s attack. As Zelenksyy requested the jets, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared that “nothing is off the table”.

Zelenskyy stated in Paris that the sooner Ukraine obtains long-range heavy weapons and our pilots acquire aircraft, the sooner Russian aggression would stop and we can restore peace to Europe.

According to reports, the Ukrainian air force is familiar with the aircraft and could take to the skies right away with no additional training.

The US has not stated if it will provide the fighter jets to Ukraine or whether it will permit other nations to re-export their own F-16 aircraft.

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