The Pentagon says Kyiv has received combat aircraft and spare parts

This announcement, which comes at a time when Russia has just launched a new offensive in the Donbass, testifies to a change of attitude on the part of the Westerners, who for more than a month refused to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons.

On Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Ukraine had received fighter jets and parts to bolster its air force, and he declined to say how many or which countries provided the planes. After dispatching howitzer artillery pieces announced by Joe Biden last week, this announcement, which comes at a time when Russia has just launched a new offensive in the Donbass, testifies to a change in the position of the Westerners, which for more than a month refused to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons to avoid any escalation of the conflict .

Today (Ukrainians) have more combat aircraft at their disposal than they did two weeks ago.”said the spokesman during a press briefing. “Without going into detail about what other countries offer, I would say that they have received additional aircraft and spare parts to increase their fleet, “ he added. These are likely Russian-made MiG-29s, which have been ordered by Kyiv since the beginning of the conflict and carried out by a handful of Eastern European countries. Poland had proposed moving such planes through a US base at the beginning of March, but the US opposed them, fearing that Russia would see too much direct NATO involvement in the conflict.

John Kirby did not name the donor countries, but hinted that they were indeed Russian-made devices. “Other countries that have experience with this type of aircraft have been able to help them bring more aircraft into service.”, He said. He said the United States had facilitated the shipment of spare parts to Ukraine, but had not sent planes there. The United States and the European Union announced on Tuesday that they would not stop there.

“Increasing pressure on the Kremlin”

French leaders Emmanuel Macron, British Boris Johnson, German Olaf Schultz, Romanian Klaus Iohannis, Poland’s Andrzej Duda, Italy’s Mario Draghi, Canadian Justin Trudeau and Japan’s Fumio Kishida met,A broad consensus on the need to escalate pressure on the Kremlin. The Italian government said. In particular, they haveThey reaffirmed their commitment to continue their military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.According to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Boris Johnson Other leaders reported on his visit to Kyiv this month. A Downing Street spokesman noted. He stressed the urgent need for additional military assistance to Ukraine in the face of a major Russian offensive in Donbass and continuing attacks elsewhere. According to CNN and NBC News, the United States is set to approve a new military aid package to Ukraine of up to $800 million, less than a week after an earlier announcement of a tranche of the same amount.

The first shipments of the new batch of US military aid to Ukraine have already arrived at the country’s borders for delivery to the Ukrainian army, and the United States will train Ukrainian soldiers to use M777 howitzers, in case – technical artillery pieces that the United States decided to hand over to the Ukrainian army for the first time. Even if their approach is not fundamentally different from the artillery that the Ukrainian army is familiar with, these guns use 155 mm shells, which are used by NATO countries, while Ukraine does not yet have Russian-made 152 mm shells.

The transfer of weapons to Ukraine, daily from the beginning of the invasion, is carried out covertly, and the participating countries do not want to appear as belligerents in this conflict. According to Czech media, Prague sent trains loaded with T-72 tanks and Soviet armored vehicles to Ukraine in early April, an unprecedented operation. Official sources refused to confirm this information.

The Czech Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that Czech arms companies will repair Ukrainian heavy military equipment, following a recent request from authorities in Kyiv. Initially, subsidiaries of the Czechoslovak holding group (CSG) will repair the Soviet T-64 medium tanks, which are operated by Ukrainian forces, but in the future the repairs may extend to BRD and BRDM armored vehicles, including other Czech companies, according to a ministerial statement. .

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