In the coming days, Poland will send Ukraine four MiG-29 fighter jets, the president announced on Thursday.
“Firstly, literally within the next few days, we will hand over, as far as I remember, four aircraft to Ukraine in full working order,” Andrzej Duda told a news conference. “The rest are being prepared, serviced.”
Ukraine has repeatedly asked its Western allies to send warplanes – although seeking primarily modern US-made F-16s – but so far no Western countries had committed to giving jets to Kyiv.
Sending any fighter jets would mark a crucial development in the conflict and would boost Kyiv’s defense against Russian missile strikes and drone attacks.
According to the White House, the US was informed of Poland’s decision to provide Ukraine with fighter jets.
“We continue to closely coordinate with our allies and partners, including Poland, as we provide assistance to Ukraine,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.