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WWIII inches closer as Poland to allow EU funded Mig fighter jets to leave Polish airspace for Russian invasion

1st Mar 22 1:38 pm

Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in Poland to take control of fighter jets which have been donated by the European Union.

This is a move which shows support to Ukraine over the Kremlin’s attack on Kyiv and help to bolster their air defence against Russian fighter jets.

A Ukrainian government official told Politico that pilots have arrived in Poland to transfer the fighter jets.

The Air Force Command of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said on Facebook on Tuesday, the country will receive 28 Mig-29 planes from Poland as well as 16 MiG-29 and 14 Su-25 planes from Bulgaria and 12 MiG-29 jets from Slovakia.

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The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said, “For the first time ever, the European Union will finance the purchase and delivery of weapons and other equipment to a country that is under attack.”

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement, “Another taboo has fallen.

“The taboo that the European Union was not providing arms in a war.”

Borrell was quoted by the nonprofit newspaper Euobserver, “We are going to provide even fighter jets.”

He added, that Poland would be the “logistic hub” for the operation, but these plans comes with ambiguity.

Borrell said on Monday the fighter jet transfers will not come from the EU itself,  although the EU are funding the initiative,  but they will be donated “bilaterally” by individual states.

However, Polish President Andrzej Duda said, “we are not going to send any [fighter] jets to the Ukrainian airspace.”

This is because this will “suggest an open military interference in the Ukrainian conflict,”  the Polish President added, that NATO is not a party to the war in Ukraine.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, “We’re supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons systems and upgraded ammunition.

“This is in addition to our three previous shipments of military equipment – and it’s on top of the night vision goggles, body armour, gas masks, and helmets we announced yesterday.”

Canada has also placed a ban on all Russian oil imports as Trudeau said the revenues from this is paying for the war.

He told a news conference, “While Canada has imported very little amounts in recent years, this measure sends a powerful message.”

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