Slovakia’s foreign minister said Tuesday that the country is preparing to send its Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, which would mark the first known transfer of warplanes to Kyiv from a NATO member.
“We have not yet handed [Ukraine] the MiG-29s. But we are ready to do it. We are talking with our NATO partners about how to do it,” said Slovakia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Ratislav Káčer.
Káčer added that Slovakia had a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the potential transfer and that he expects a visit from a Ukrainian delegation. “I think that, in the coming weeks, a Ukrainian delegation will come to Slovakia, and we will work together with our American friends to make this reality,” he said.
Slovakia says it has 11 MiG-29s, although it’s not clear if they will send all of them to Ukraine. Earlier in the war, Poland offered to send its MiG-29s to Ukraine but wanted the US to transfer them through Germany. The Pentagon backed off on the Polish plan, likely over the fear of escalation with Russia.
Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials have been pleading with the West to send more advanced modern aircraft, but the US has yet to oblige. Ukraine is seeking F-16s, which would take months to train Ukrainian pilots how to fly, and Moscow would view such support as a significant escalation of the US role in the war.
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Well that is one way to get rid of junk. Give it to someone else.
Mig 29 vs US built aircraft Number of US built aircraft shot down 0, number of Mig-29 shot down 13. You are just another Pro-Russian /Anti-American who just does not understand the simple fact that America is very good at building airplanes.
What does your comparison of US warplanes to the MiG-29 have to do with what we’re talking about here? So what if there are superior aircraft somewhere? Do you think the Russians will be engaging in dogfights with Ukrainian MiGs, using American fighters?
And why do you persist in treating this catastrophe as an athletic competition where your self-assigned role is cheerleader and, bizarrely, you can’t see others except as cheerleaders for one side or the other?
There are no American aircraft engaged in this struggle, No Zambian aircraft hav e been shot down either. The Mig-29 is outmode vs the Russian aircraft it will face but it is much better than nothing
Some American aircraft are engaged in struggle with gravity in Texas.
Yeah, unfortunately F-35 lost a battle against Japanese runway recently. That’s so sad.
Yeah, that’s what US is doing with Fail-35. Giving complete junk to your vassals ensures they will never challenge you. Fail-35 is inferior to 4th gen Migs. Great move! I’m guessing Slovaks thought they could con the greatest con artist ever, Uncle Shame.
“[Slovakia] is preparing to send its Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, which would mark the first known transfer of warplanes to Kyiv from a NATO member.” — another deliberate escalation. Looking at the past few months, an astounding number of articles are about “another deliberate escalation.” Isn’t that more or less what started this whole horrible situation? NATO provoking, repeatedly?
Are there many volunteers to fly these MiGs against Russian air defenses?
You don’t seem to understand how determined the Ukrainians are to hang onto to their freedom. Unlike Russian pilots, the Ukrainian pilots will take risks. Of course, the Ukrainians are defending their homes and children.
Ukrainian forces, other than the madly Russophobic Banderists and crazed nationalists, are fighting a hopeless battle, conned or coerced by cynical US-NATO master manipulators and their puppets in Kiev. They cannot achieve anything remotely resembling military victory and their lives and their nation are being sacrificed in service of a campaign to bleed and weaken Russia.
It’s shameful and despicable.
Because somehow the US has found a magic way to motivate the Ukrainians which was completely unavailable to them with the Afghans?
Propaganda and coercion have been adequate motivation for countless armies throughout history. Adequate, also, to keep most populations credulous and cooperative.
Coercion only works if you have the numbers to enforce it and propaganda did not work in Afghanistan. Btw if propaganda is your claim then you are admitting that they have no shortage of willing volunteers you are just casting shade on their underlying motivation.
For coercion to work you need a very significant number of highly motivated people to carry it out otherwise you will see small groups of individuals surrendering when the opportunity offers itself – I’m not arguing that there is a significant majority against the war in Russia, but we do see Russians surrendering individually or in small groups – so it is not as if this is impossible.
The Bell Curve: the vastest part are ideologically/culturally inert just uncritically follow the lead of the moment. One need only look to the USA model.
Again if this was true of war then what went wrong/right in Afghanistan.
The herd inertia was with Taliban.
The question is not with whom the herd inertia was, but why the US could not force their Afghans to fight.
Still the herd is determinative. The US was emphatically foreign in Afghanistan and as you say could not apply enough terror to keep them from throwing off their fatigues and going home. Ukrainians are Xtian, white, modern Europeans, for years subjected to Merkan pop cult brain washing.
So is it because the Ukrainians are more like the Americans that they cannot find out how to surrender even when the claim is that they do not want to fight – and if so how come some Russians can do so?
Could be. Once conscripted they’re stuck in it; and, “the big fool says to push on.”
Yes that sounds like a very good explanation – until you realize that the Afghans were no different unless you think that the Afghans went through the procedure of ending contracts in a court before abandoning their units.
it is impossible for invaders of afghanstan to feasibly supply their invading forces there over the long term without bleeding the coffers dry. it was a miracle that uncle sam lasted as long as he did there.
That is however not the question, the question is how could the US not force the Afghans to fight while they were still very amply supplied with the weapons to do so!
actually your exact question was = “what went wrong/right in Afghanistan.”
Yes – to be clear what went wrong for the Americans that led to the Afghans not fighting as they were supposed to – I assumed that this was clear from the context, but I see now that it was not.
The Pentagon thugs had the wealth of the entire world feeding their war machine.
To the extent that this war is an indicator of developing technology and doctrine, one of the earliest revelations was that “infantry supported by tanks” is becoming obsolete due to the advances in man-portable anti-tank weaponry.
Now it’s looking like air defense advances are doing the same thing to manned fixed-wing aircraft. The heavy lifting that 500-pound bombs dropped from those used to do seems to be getting done by cheap drones and expensive missiles instead.
From Korea to Nam to Central Am. Yugoslavia, to the ME, and N. Africa, Somalia, …, Washington has never fought a war without virtually uncontested air dominance.
“Slovakia says it has 11 MiG-29s, although it’s not clear if they will send all of them to Ukraine.”
Eleven Mig-29s, if all sent, would be a few weeks supply in the face of S-400 SAMs.
These MiG-29s have about 20% less thrust than Ukrainian MiG-29s.
I wonder if anyone is paying attention to the escalation by NATO. Now, there are UK special ops soldiers in Ukraine to actually do missions. Everything point to provoking Russia to fire off a few drones at bordering NATO countries. (by the way, another town in Russia was shelled). My guess is WWIII will begin next year. Anyone have some iodine? Can’t find it online.
Germany seems to have woken up they are sending some Leopard tanks.
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Mission Creep… Russian war machine takes a while to charge but when it goes off, there is nothing that can stop it. They wont bother with bordering countries. They will go straight for the throat.
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