Poland to send 14 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, Putin reprimands US, EU envoys for fuelling war | 5 points
By India Today World Desk: After much reluctance, Poland decided to send 14 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, helping galvanise support in the West to supply main battle tanks to Kyiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited neighbouring Poland on Wednesday and thanked its people for standing “shoulder to shoulder” with Ukraine and giving fleeing Ukrainians shelter.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin lambasted the new US and EU ambassadors in blunt language, saying that their countries were responsible for a dramatic deterioration in relations since Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine last year, Reuters reported.
Here’s what we know on day 407 of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine
- Poland will send 14 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, President Andrzej Duda said at a joint news conference with Volodymyr Zelenskyy. During his trip, Zelenskyy said Poland would help form a coalition of Western powers to supply warplanes to Ukraine, as it did with battle tanks earlier this year.
❗️ Poland transfers four more MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine
Andrzej Duda announced it today at the meeting with the Ukrainian President in Warsaw.
By the way, Warsaw has recently handed over to Ukraine 4 jets. In addition, Poland intends to transfer 6 more MiG-29s to Ukraine in… pic.twitter.com/DChtvaMX0Q
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) April 5, 2023
Poland has led the way in mobilising western military and political support for Kyiv since the start of Russia’s full-fledged invasion 13 months ago. Warsaw has positioned itself as one of Kyiv’s staunchest allies.
“You have stood shoulder to shoulder with us, and we are grateful for it,” Zelenskyy said. He was awarded Poland’s oldest and highest civilian distinction, The Order of the White Eagle, by his Polish counterpart.
- During his visit to Warsaw, Zelenskyy said Poland had been instrumental in getting Western allies to send battle tanks to Ukraine and he believed it could play the same role in a “planes coalition”. This comes as Ukraine troops continued to defend their eastern bastion of Bakhmut in the face of relentless Russian assaults.
Poland to send 6 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, @AndrzejDuda said during a meeting with @ZelenskyyUa in Warsaw
“I think that in the future we will be able to transfer our whole remaining fleet of MiG-29 to Ukraine if there is still such need,” he addedhttps://t.co/tK7k7NeT2l pic.twitter.com/XM62tKINyO
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) April 5, 2023