Poland to give Ukraine 14 MiG-29 fighter jets, says Polish president

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomes Poland's President Duda as Lithuanian President Nauseda looks on, in Lviv © Thomson Reuters

Poland will send 14 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, the Polish president said on Wednesday during an official visit by his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy to Warsaw.

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.

“Four MiG-29s that remained in storage have been handed over to the Ukrainian Armed Forces in recent months. Four MiGs are now being given, so eight in total,” Andrzej Duda told a news conference. “We are ready… to give six more that are currently being prepared. We assume they could be transferred soon.”

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