This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.
The Polish military has handed over ten MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said at a briefing on Monday.
Earlier, in early April, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that his country had supplied Ukraine with eight MiG-29 fighters, and in the middle of the month the German government allowed the same fighters to be transferred to Kyiv, but their number was not called.
Another country that transferred Soviet-made MiG-29s to Ukraine is Slovakia. She delivered 13 fighters.
- The counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the aim of de-occupation of the Ukrainian territories previously seized by Russia is expected, according to Kiev’s statements, in the near future – in late spring and early summer. To do this, the Ukrainian authorities requested armored vehicles, ammunition, including missiles with a range of over 150 kilometers, and F-16 aircraft from the Western allies. The Ukrainian military, according to official statements, did not receive missiles and aircraft. At the same time, according to British intelligence, the Russian army has equipped a record number of fortifications in modern history in territories that can be attacked by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Last Sunday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov warned that “expectations from a counteroffensive are too high.” The head of the military department explained that many people in the world “are waiting for something grandiose,” and this can lead them to “emotional disappointment.”