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US and Ukrainian Air Force deny transfer of fighter aircraft

21st April 2022 - 08:59 GMT | by Patrick Aquilina in London

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Despite a tweet that has fuelled speculation, both the US and Ukraine have denied any transfer of entire fighter aircraft has occurred. (Photo: Ukrainian Air Force)

The US has sent aircraft parts to Ukraine enlarging its operational fleet of fighter jets, while both the US and Ukraine deny any transfer of whole MiG-29s has occurred.

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby confirmed yesterday that while the US is not providing entire aircraft to Ukraine, it has sent fixed-wing fighter parts to make defective systems operable again.

Kirby stated: ‘They, right now, have more fixed-wing fight aircraft available to them than they did two weeks ago, and that’s not by accident, that’s because other nations who have experience with those types of aircraft [helped] to get them running.’

The debate regarding offensive/defensive weaponry transfers has been raging since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

The US announcement last week, that it

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