Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland may give Ukraine MiG-29 fighter jets within four to six weeks.
Poland said it would be ready to send Soviet-designed MiG-29s to Ukraine as part of a coalition of countries.
However, with Ukraine’s allies taking a cautious approach to moving fighter jets, it is not clear how long the process might take.
“It could happen in the next four or six weeks,” Morawiecki told a news conference when asked how long it might take before Poland supplies the plane.
Last Thursday, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said his Polish counterpart had told him at an EU meeting the day before that Poland would agree to a joint operation to deliver MiG-29s to Ukraine.
Nad said it was also time for Slovakia to decide whether or not to send planes to Ukraine.
NATO allies in the former communist east, such as Poland and Slovakia, have been particularly vocal supporters of Ukraine since Russia’s February 24, 2022 invasion.
Poland’s commitment to its neighbor was important in persuading European allies to donate heavy weapons to Ukraine, including tanks, a move many governments, including Germany, opposed until recently.
Poland has sent 14 German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Asked on Thursday how many MiG-29s Poland might supply, the head of the president’s office, Pawel Szroth, said the number “certainly will not” reach 14.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office and his top military command agreed on Tuesday to continue defending Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
After a meeting that included the president, senior government officials and military commanders, Zelensky’s office said in a statement: “After considering the defensive operation in the direction of Bakhmut, all members … expressed a common position to continue holding on and defending the city of Bakhmut.”
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia is fighting a battle for the country’s existence.
Putin was speaking during a visit to an aviation plant in the country’s far eastern Buryatia region.
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