Poland and Slovakia to Provide Ukraine with Fighter Jets

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The Facts

  • After Poland became the first NATO country to commit to providing Ukraine with long-sought-after fighter jets on Thursday, fellow NATO member Slovakia followed suit on Friday, with Prime Minister Eduard Heger announcing the move. According to reporting from Reuters, Slovakia will send its fleet of 11 MiG-29 planes, which were retired last summer. Only the jets in an appropriate condition (reportedly a minority) will be used for operations, and the remainder will go to Ukraine to provide spare parts. Heger also pledged to provide part of Slovakia's KUB air-defence system.

  • In a press briefing on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said the fighter jets would not change the course of Russia's "special military operation," stating that they would be destroyed. Meanwhile, Russia's defense ministry said it would bestow state honors on the pilots who intercepted the US surveillance drone that crashed into the Black Sea earlier in the week.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Ukraine has repeatedly asked Western countries to provide them with fighter jets to help them overcome Russia's invasion. Slovakia's decision is a welcome move and more countries should follow their example in solidarity against Russian aggression.

Pro-Russia narrative

Poland and Slovakia's move shows their eagerness to rid themselves of outdated equipment, rather than an especially strong commitment to Kiev's forces. These fighter jets will do nothing to change the course of the war and will soon be destroyed by Russia.

Metaculus Prediction

Establishment split



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