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Russia threatens Ukraine fighter jets after Slovakia joins Poland in pledging warplanes

CA, 18 Mar 2023
Slovakia has joined Poland in announcing plans to send fighter jets to Ukraine — something for which Kyiv has been pleading since the war began.

Poland’s president says his country plans to give Ukraine a dozen MiG-29 fighter jets, becoming the first NATO member country to fulfill the Ukrainian government’s increasingly urgent requests for warplanes.

President Andrzej Duda said Thursday that Poland would hand over four of the Soviet-made warplanes in the coming days and the rest need to be checked and would be supplied later.

But as Chrystal Goomansingh reports, Russia is playing it down, saying the donated jets will be destroyed.

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