Poland will send four MiG 29 fighter jets to Ukraine in the “next few days” to support the country in its fight against the Russian invasion, as announced on Thursday by the Polish president, Andrzej Duda.
“In the next few days we are going to transfer, if I remember correctly, four fully operational aircraft to Ukraine,” Duda said during a joint appearance with his Czech counterpart Petr Pavel, whom he met today in Warsaw.
According to official information, the Polish Air Force currently has 28 MiG 29 type combat aircraft.
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Duda explained that the rest of the Polish fighters of this class are being prepared in such a way that they can also be transferred to the Ukrainian Army, noting that although the Polish air force uses a dozen aircraft of this type at present, they are “in the last years of his service.
The decision to transfer the planes to Ukraine was taken “jointly at the level of the highest national authorities” and later the government adopted a special resolution on the matter, Duda explained.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieckihad advanced this week that Ukraine would receive fighter jets from Poland within four to six weeks and Duda confirmed the delivery plans on Wednesday in an interview.
The Polish president also announced that Warsaw is awaiting receipt of Korean FA-50 aircraft, ordered by Poland last year, and American F-35 ordered in 2020. The Polish government has said it plans to donate the planes to Ukraine as part of an international coalition.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said today when asked about it that kyiv’s allies are discussing the possibility of delivering fighters.