Guerre en Ukraine: la Slovaquie va livrer treize chasseurs MiG-29 à Kiev

The Kremlin denounced an “increasingly large” involvement of the West, when Poland had already announced to provide a first batch of four of these hunting planes in Ukraine.


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After its Polish neighbor, Slovakia has announced to deliver hunters to Ukraine on Friday, March 17. The country will provide thirteen MIG-29 Soviet design to kyiv, thus becoming the second NATO country to make such a decision.

A “fully coordinated with Poland and Ukraine,” added Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger. “At least three devices will be used to provide spare parts,” said the chief of the general staff of the Slovak armed forces, General Daniel Zmeko. The head of government promised that his country was also going to deliver the Koub anti -aircraft defense system to kyiv. The transport of devices “will take a few weeks”, said the Minister of Defense, Jaroslav Nad.

Moscow immediately denounced an “increasingly large involvement” of NATO countries in the conflict with kyiv. “The delivery of this military equipment, as we have repeated many times, cannot affect the outcome” of the conflict, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told the press. “Of course, this equipment will be destroyed,” he added. 2>

four planes delivered by Poland

Thursday, Warsaw announced the delivery “in the coming days” of a first batch of four mig-29 bombardar hunters in Ukraine. “We will first transfer (…) four fully operational planes to Ukraine,” said Polish president, Andrzej Duda, to the press.

kyiv has repeatedly asked his Western allies to send him modern bombing hunters, hoping to obtain American F-16s. The Polish decision “does not change anything”, however, for the American refusal to do the same, said a spokesman for the White House. “It’s not on the table,” he said to journalists, recalling that President Joe Bid was publicly opposed to the delivery of combat aircraft to Ukraine.

Reacting to the announcement of Warsaw, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force, Iouri Ihnat, said: “The Mig will not solve the problems, we need F-16. But the Mig will help strengthen our capacities. “