Slovakia Joins Poland in Sending Soviet-Made MiG-29 Fighter Jets to Ukraine

Slovakia on Friday joined Poland in pledging to send Ukraine Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets, making the European countries the first two NATO members to provide warplanes to Kyiv.

Slovakia’s prime minister, Eduard Heger, said his country will provide Ukraine with 13 fighter jets. His announcement came a day after Polish President Andrzej Duda said Warsaw will send four MiG-29s in the coming days and that more would be delivered in the future.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the plans were an example of the NATO members “raising the level of their direct involvement in the conflict.” But Peskov also downplayed the significance, saying the MiG-29s will not impact Russia’s war plans.