Slovakia to send thirteen MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine

Archive – Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger. – Pavol Zachar/TASR/dpa

Slovak authorities will send thirteen MiG-29 fighters and part of the ‘Kub’ air defense system to Ukraine, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger announced Friday at a press conference following a meeting of his cabinet.

The shipment, which has been unanimously approved, was already requested in February by Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski, and Heger promised to do everything possible in this regard, according to Tasr agency.

Poland also announced on Thursday the dispatch of four such fighter jets in the coming days, although it did not specify the total number. The United States, for its part, has not changed its position on sending F-16 fighters and is not contemplating this step for the time being.

The ‘Kub’ are Soviet-made tracked vehicles whose function is air defense and would serve, among other things, to respond to the periodic bombardment of Ukraine by Russian forces.