Slovakia giving fighter jets to Ukraine

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The Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, has declared that his nation will provide Ukraine with 13 decommissioned Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets, in a show of support for the country’s efforts to resist the Russian invasion.

“Promises must be kept,” Heger said in a tweet on Friday, adding that Slovakia’s military aid was designed to help Ukraine defend itself and “entire Europe against Russia,” the Military Times reported.

Just a day after the announcement by the Polish President Andrzej Duda that his country would be providing Ukraine with the first batch of four MiG-29 jets in the upcoming days, and more planes to be transported in the future, this latest action has been taken.

According to information from the Slovak Ministry of Defence, Slovakia had obtained 24 Soviet-made fighters, both single-seater and twin-seater, after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. However, in August of last year, the 11 remaining aircraft that were still operational were retired from service.

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