Poland announced Thursday that it would transfer four of its MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, making it the first nation to do so.
Ukraine has repeatedly pleaded for aircraft to counter the Russian onslaught.
“In the coming days we will hand over four planes to Ukraine, the remaining machines are being serviced and prepared for handover. We will replace them with deliveries of South Korean FA-50s and American F-35s,” the Polish president said.
The US and its allies have long maintained that the jets would be ‘impractical’ explaining that they take considerable training and that Russian’s anti-aircraft system would easily shoot them down.