April 22nd , 2024



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Russia has threatened to destroy any fighter jets given to Ukraine by its allies.

Friday, Slovakia became the second NATO nation to pledge MiG-29 aircraft to Kyiv, following Poland.

Since the jets were grounded last year, Slovakia no longer uses them.

Modern jets have been requested by Ukraine from Western nations, but due to the lengthy training requirements, these are only considered long-term options.

It sees additional airplane as significant for its safeguards and conceivable counter-assaults, a year into Russia's intrusion. The MiG-29, a Soviet-era model that Ukrainian pilots have been trained to fly, is one model that other Nato members are considering sending.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, voiced his disapproval of the plans, stating that the aircraft would have no effect on the outcome of Moscow's "special military operation," as it is known in Russia.

"Additional woes for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people," he stated, would be all they would do.

The spokesperson added, "Of course, all of this equipment will be destroyed during the special military operation."

Ukraine, which has more pilots than planes, will benefit from the Polish and Slovak pledges, but they won't make a big difference.

F-16 fighters made in the United States, according to the Ukrainians, are what they really require.

Senior Ukrainian defense adviser Yuri Sak claims that the fourth-generation fighters are more capable.

Because it would take time to train Ukrainian pilots on Western jets, it still seems unlikely that Ukraine would receive them, at least for the time being.

Modern fighters are still viewed with suspicion by Western military officers. Their focus is on assisting Ukraine win the ground battle.

On both sides, air defense systems swamp the front lines. Despite having a much larger air force than Ukraine's, Russia has not been able to take control of the skies.

At the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, it was estimated that Ukraine had approximately 120 combat-capable aircraft, primarily MiG-29s and Su-27s that were getting old.

The 13 MiG-29s owned by Slovakia, according to Prime Minister Eduard Heger's tweet on Friday, will be sent to Ukraine.

He said "guarantees should be kept" and that he was happy others were noting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's call for additional weapons.

The number of operational Slovakian aircraft is unknown.

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