Officials in Poland and Slovakia are urging their allies to provide fighter jets to Ukraine, saying they are ready to send their Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Kiev as part of an international coalition.
Warsaw, Poland — Officials in Poland and Slovakia are urging their allies to provide fighter jets to Ukraine, saying they are ready to send their Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Kiev as part of an international coalition.
However, it is not yet clear if other Western supporters of Ukraine are ready to take such a step.
“I think it’s time to make a decision. People in Ukraine are dying. We can really help them,” Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said on Facebook on Thursday. “This is inhumane and irresponsible.”
Slovak and Polish officials have made the calls before, but have renewed their calls in recent days. Both countries are members of NATO.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said on CNN on Wednesday that Poland was ready to provide Ukraine with the MiG-29 fighters in coalition with other countries.
Nad also said it was a topic of discussion between him and his Polish counterpart at a meeting in Sweden on Wednesday and that they are in agreement about it.
Poland’s Defense Ministry said in an emailed statement to The Associated Press that Poland “stands ready to deliver our MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine as part of an international coalition.”
Ukraine has been asking the West for fighter jets to bolster its defenses as the war moves into its second year. While Kiev has gotten promises of tanks, some of which are already arriving, there is still no sign that larger nations like the United States and Britain will agree to send their fighter jets.
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