Poland To Be 1st NATO Member To Give Ukraine Fighter Jets

Four US-made F-16 fighter jets cross the sky during a drill near the Suao navy harbour in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018. Taiwan's president watched naval drills simulating an attack on the island on April 13, days before Beijing is set to hold live-fire exercises nearby in a show of force. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Poland’s president said Thursday that his country plans to give Ukraine around a dozen MiG-29 fighter jets, which would make it the first NATO member to fulfill the Ukrainian government’s increasingly urgent requests for warplanes.
  • President Andrzej Duda said Poland would hand over four of the Soviet-made warplanes “within the next few days” and that the rest needed servicing and would be supplied later. The Polish word he used to describe the total number can mean between 11 and 19.
  • “They are in the last years of their functioning, but they are in good working condition,” Duda said of the aircraft.
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