Polish President Andrzej Duda announced on Thursday that his country will send at least four Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine in the coming days. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has welcomed Poland’s decision.
“Firstly, literally within the next few days, we will hand over, as far as I remember, four aircraft to Ukraine in full working order. The rest are being prepared, serviced,” Duda told a press conference.
“[I] welcome the decision of President Duda to send fighter jets to Ukraine. It’s a major development that will significantly boost Ukraine’s fight against the aggressor,” Nausėda wrote on Twitter.
“Determination moves mountains. True leadership brings Ukraine’s victory and peace in Europe closer,” he added.
Duda’s announcement makes Poland the first NATO member state to fulfil Kyiv’s requests for fighter jets. The Polish leader did not say if other countries would be making the same move.