Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Warsaw on Wednesday and said he believes Poland will form a coalition of NATO countries to send warplanes to Kyiv as the Polish led the charge to provide Western-made tanks.
“Just as your (Polish) leadership proved itself in the tank coalition, I believe that it will manifest itself in the planes coalition,” Zelensky said.
Poland was the first country to pledge German-made Leopard tanks for Ukraine, which pressured German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to approve the export. Scholz eventually agreed despite his earlier concerns of escalation, and Germany decided to send its own tanks to Ukraine, some of which have already been delivered.
Poland’s push to send the Leopard tanks also resulted in the US pledging to provide its Abrams tanks to Ukraine.
Poland recently became the first NATO member to pledge fighter jets and has begun delivering Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets. Slovakia has followed suit by providing its MiG-29s, but Kyiv is seeking Western-made aircraft, such as the US-made F-16.
President Biden said that he ruled out sending F-16s to Ukraine “for now,” but the US has been laying the groundwork for the eventuality. At least two Ukrainian pilots have traveled to the US to assess their skills to see how long it would take for them to be trained on F-16s.
12 thoughts on “Zelensky Says Poland Will Form Coalition to Send Warplanes to Ukraine”
Is this about those 10 additional MIGs Poland has just announced they have decided to send?
They are going to be too late to help push Wagner out of Bakhmut.
The comedian has shared if that is lost he might be willing to talk.
That might be a good idea since Macron is in China joining in with the Chinese talk of peace and the European Commision chief will be there next week.
Could it be the Poles are just trading in old jets in anticipation of new snazzy stuff and those hapless Ukrainians are getting their castoffs …….in reality?
“Could it be the Poles are just trading in old jets in anticipation of new snazzy stuff and those hapless Ukrainians are getting their castoffs …….in reality?”
That’s the most likely scenario.
Manned fixed-wing aircraft aren’t going to be major outcome-changers in any quantity/configuration, let alone these small quantities of old stuff.
I suppose they could be used to help haul the small arms and artillery ammo the Ukrainians need to keep this thing going until the Russians get tired of it. But that seems pretty inefficient.
Ukraine is a dumping ground that will enable a lot of counties to replenish with new stuff.
I’m pretty sure this is going to wind down quickly now that the French are in China.
Biden might believe he can control this with our money (he definately can’t jawbone anyone on the phone) but those leaders that still can communicate are getting tired of this war and the effects it’s having on their domestic politics/economies.
…and increased odds of a nuclear apocalypse.
I know that’s the popular fear but Putin has not even gone wholesale scorched earth on his side do why would he skip that escalation next step to go nuclear?
The West is more than happy to just bleed Putin and they aren’t going to pull the trigger either.
I honestly got tired of those doomday “scientists” (most likely just another NGO) moving their “clock” every time someone passed gas so I kind of ignore the newest reason the muckrackers in the press tell us doomday is about to occur.
“”Ukraine is a dumping ground that will enable a lot of counties to replenish with new stuff.””
probably why uncle sam left a bunch of junk behind him when he pretended to vacate afghanistan
Zelensky says,blah blah blah.
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