Zelensky urges Washington to send Polish MiG fighter jets to Ukraine immediately

9 March 2022, 02:41 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has again called for Western leaders to find a way to send Polish combat aircraft to be sent to Ukraine.

“We are grateful to Poland for the alternative: for its readiness to provide combat aircraft to Ukraine,” Zelensky said in a video message on March 9.

“The issue is logistics. Essentially it’s a technical issue, and it needs to be addressed right away,” he said.

He then scolded the United States for delaying the transfer of Polish aircraft to Ukraine.

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“There is an official decision by Poland to transfer the planes to the appropriate base – an American base,” Zelensky said.

“We also confirm that an agreement between the American side and Poland has been reached. But at the same time, we hear that Poland's proposal seems not to be tenable, according to Washington.”

The President urged Western leaders to take responsibility in the matter.

“So, when will the decision be made? Listen: we are at war! This is not ping-pong – human lives (are at stake)! Once again, we ask you to resolve this quickly. Do not shirk your responsibilities; send us the planes,"; Zelensky said.

This comes after on March 8, the Polish authorities decided to transport their MiG-29 fighters to the U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany immediately. Unofficially, they would later be transferred to Ukraine.

But the following day, Washington rejected the idea. At the same time, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the United States is seeking to speed up the delivery of weapons to Ukraine.

“But the prospect of fighter jets ‘at the disposal of the Government of the United States of America’ departing from a U.S./NATO base in Germany to fly into airspace that is contested with Russia over Ukraine raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance. It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it,” Kirby said.

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