Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced that Warsaw will send four Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine in the coming days.
“Firstly, literally within the next few days, as far as I remember, we will hand over four fully operational planes to Ukraine,” Duda told a news conference in Warsaw on Thursday. “The rest is being prepared, waiting.”
The announcement comes after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday his country could deliver the plane to Kiev “in the next four to six weeks”. Duda told CNN last week that Poland was “ready” to supply Kiev with the MiG-29 jets, adding that Ukrainian pilots would be “ready to deploy these planes immediately.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has for months been pleading with the West for warplanes in support of the war that began when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded his country last February. The United States and the United Kingdom have so far ruled out sending modern fighter jets to Ukraine.
This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.