In a recent interview with Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform, Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland, Vasyl Zvarych, revealed that Poland plans to give Ukraine 20 extra MiG-29 jets and that Poland has already transferred 10 Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.
Poland plans to give Ukraine the remaining MiG-29 fighter jets once their replacements from Warsaw’s allies arrive. Poland has recently received its first FA-50 jets from South Korea.
Moreover, Poland is among the 11 countries ready to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighters, with the training process set to begin in August. Discussions with Poland about the timeline, quantity, and implementation of the training agreements are ongoing.
Both Poland and Slovakia have been supportive of Ukraine’s defense efforts, becoming the first NATO countries to provide combat aircraft to the country. Slovakia transferred four Soviet MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine on March 23, delivering all 13 promised aircraft by April 17. On May 8, Poland’s Minister of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, announced that his country had already provided Ukraine with 10 MiG-29 fighters.
As of June 15, the MiG-29 aircraft received by Kyiv from Poland and Slovakia are already in service, according to Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksiy Hromov.