In an announcement Monday afternoon, the Pentagon told international media that it had helped bolster Ukraine’s air force with new combat aircraft. The ad that was Released by AFPsomewhat baffling.
US Army spokesman John Kirby was careful in his words, and only announced that “Today, they have more fighter jets at their disposal than they did two weeks ago.” Is that “Without going into the details of the countries they supply, I would say they have received additional aircraft and spare parts to increase their fleet and keep it operational.”.
“We certainly help move some of the spare parts that help meet the needs of your aircraft, But we don’t carry a whole plane.”And Kirby said, according to Reuters.
That is, there is nothing more, neither details nor photos that could show what the US military is conveying, which makes advertising criticized on social networks. Some comment that it could be parts of the MiG-29s from Slovakia, Poland or both, which will help preserve the Ukrainian planes, but there is nothing concrete to confirm it.
#broke down: #we It has delivered MiG-29 combat aircraft to #Ukraine air forces. Most of them are Izdeliye 9-13 and will be used as a source of spare parts to maintain the operation of the current fleet of MiG-29s of the Ukrainian Air Force. MiG-29s are formerly Moldovan production and purchased by the United States in 1997. pic.twitter.com/6UUSmSNm8C
– Babak Taghvaee – ακ Τακβαίε – Babak Taghvaee April 19, 2022
The mention of “aircraft parts” was also criticized, as this should not help the Ukrainian army much, since they need combat aircraft immediately available.
Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has requested Western assistance with weapons, especially combat aircraft, so that it can increase the defense of its airspace. Another demand of the Ukrainians was the creation of a no-fly zone over their territory. However, states were reluctant to support such ideas, given that such gestures could be interpreted as their entry into the war.
Finally, just by word of mouth from the Pentagon, it is not possible to conclude much about assistance with these aircraft.
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