Croatia preparing Mi-8 helicopters to send to Ukraine

26 February, 02:40 PM
Mi-8 is used by the Croatian army (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Croatia)

Mi-8 is used by the Croatian army (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Croatia)

Croatia has started preparations to send 14 helicopters to Ukraine, Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list reported on Feb. 25, referring to its sources in the Croatian government.

Twelve Mi-8MTV-1 and two Mi-8T helicopters were withdrawn from the Croatian Armed Forces in order to be donated to Ukraine, the paper reported.

As a result, the 14 Croatian helicopters are now undergoing technical inspections, and should be ready for shipment within 10 days. All insignias are currently being removed from the helicopters. Jutarnji list states that seven of the helicopters will be first dismantled and transported to Poland by land, while the other seven will fly to Poland before being sent all together to their final destination.

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Despite this assistance, the Croatian government has kept all military aid to Ukraine confidential, and official confirmation of this military aid is not available. Croatia’s Defense Policy Director, Dunja Bujan Šujster, acknowledged that the country has sent military aid to Ukraine four times in the past, but no provided no additional information.

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