I thought the United States and its Nato allies have been shipping weapons to Ukraine to help fight against the Russian invasion. Yet we can’t ship donated Poland Russian Mig fighter jets to Ukraine because it may be taken as a declaration of war? I’m not following President Joe Biden.
An airfield beside the Ukrainian border – its location undisclosed – has become a hub for shipping weaponry supplied by Western nations. There are as many as 17 flights a day, the field’s maximum capacity, CNN has reported.
The airfield’s whereabouts remain a secret to protect the shipment of weapons, with drivers tasked with getting them over the border reportedly paid a high wage of $1,500 a day because of how dangerous the job is.
A US official told CNN that 17,000 anti-tank weapons, including Javelin missiles, and 2,000 anti-aircraft weapons have been delivered to Ukraine so far by the US and Nato.
The UK has delivered 2,000 light anti-tank missiles, with Defense Secretary Ben Wallace saying last week that Britain was “leading the way” in supplying Ukraine with weapons to counter Russian jets.
The plane swap, in which Poland will supply Ukraine with more than two dozen MiG-29 fighter jets and then receive U.S. fighter jets in return, was initially seen as a way to help Ukraine resist a Russian invasion without establishing a no-fly zone that most lawmakers and experts believe it would draw into. NATO into a war with a nuclear-armed Russia that could quickly spiral out of control.
In a rare sign of disunity among NATO allies, the Defense Department on Tuesday rejected a surprise offer from Poland to transfer Soviet-era fighter jets to the United States to be given to Ukraine. US fighters to be handed over to Ukraine in its fight against Russia Ukraine and Russia.
Washington Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Sunday that NATO members have received a green light to send fighter jets to Ukraine as the United States and its allies continue their efforts to help Ukraine defend itself against a Russian invasion.
How so much can change in a day or two. It’s a no-brainer why Ukraine President Zelensky is pulling his hair out with the Nato Allies and the United States.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the proposal raises the worrisome prospect of jets leaving the US and NATO base and flying into airspace contested by Russia during the war in Ukraine. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the prospect of Soviet-era aircraft flying from across the NATO base “into disputed airspace over Kyiv with Russia is a matter of grave concern to the entire NATO alliance.” Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said some European allies had expressed “concerns” about the plane swap, which became even more evident after Poland made its offer. ” United States.
WARSAW, Poland — The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected Poland’s surprise announcement that it would give the United States its MiG-29 fighter jets for use by Ukraine, a rare display of disharmony by NATO allies seeking to boost Ukrainian fighters while avoiding getting caught up in a wider war with Russia.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Poland’s declaration that it intended to deliver the 28 jets to the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany raised the concerning prospect of warplanes departing from a U.S. and NATO base to fly into airspace contested with Russia in the Ukraine conflict.
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” Kirby said in a statement. By Vanessa Gera, Lolita C. Baldor and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press
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