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Europe scraps plan to supply Ukraine with additional fighter jets

2nd March 2022 - 09:34 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


A Polish Mig-29 fighter jet takes flight. (Photo: Polish MND)

Contrary to earlier reports, Ukraine will not be receiving additional fighter jets as it looks to stop a Russian invasion that shows no signs of relenting.

Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia have all officially ruled out supplying fighter jets to Ukraine, despite the EU previously committing to such a move.   

The three prospective suppliers were the only candidates across Europe which could have supported an urgent request from Kyiv on the basis that they operate fighters common to the Ukrainian Air Force.

All three have MiG-29 fleets while Bulgaria also operates Su-25 aircraft.

‘We are not joining the [Russian-Ukrainian] conflict, NATO is not a party to that conflict,’ said Poland’s President Andrzej Duda during a 1 March press conference at Łask Air Base, Mauryca. ‘We are supporting

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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