POLAND said it was ready to hand over all of its MiG fighters to Ukraine to strengthen the heroes fighting against the Russian invasion – but the plan hit a snag.
Russia warns of war with any country that supplies planes after the US “green light” for ally Nato to provide aircraft for President Zelenskyy’s forces.
Despite threats from autocrats, Poland says it is ready to deploy its MiG-29s to the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany and hand them over to the US for disposal.
It has also called on the US to send F-16 fighter jets to replace any Soviet-era MiGs it supplies to Kyiv.
However, the Pentagon this evening rejected the offer.
That means jets departing from NATO bases will have to fly into airspace disputed with Russia, spokesman John Kirby said.
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other Nato allies on this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it poses, but we do not believe that the Polish proposal is a The proposal is solvable,” he said.
However, the US had previously confirmed that it would send two batteries of Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Poland.
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said the two countries were working on an agreement by the end of the week.
I said CBS‘s Face the Nation: “That got the green light.
“Actually, we are talking to our Polish friends right now about what we can do to meet their needs if they in fact choose to supply these fighters. for Ukraine.
“What can we do? How can we help make sure they get something to fill the planes they’re handing over to the Ukrainians?”
It comes as:
- A Red Cross aid mission was bombed of Russia as they tried to deliver supplies to the besieged Mariupol
- Chernobyl’s safety system is said to be at risk after it was taken over by the Russian military
- Anonymous vigilantes say they hacked TVs in Russia to show footage from the front lines of the war
- A little girl died alone from dehydration after her mother was killed
- MPs gave a standing ovation to President Zelenskyy after his emotional speech tonight
He added that NATO countries and members of the G7 are “working together” to put pressure on the Kremlin and introduce more sanctions in the coming days.
However, he noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “duplicating and deepening his aggression against Ukraine.”
“I think we have to be prepared, unfortunately, tragically, this is going to go on for a while,” he said.
Asked about the deal on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “There are a number of logistical questions – important questions – that are still being discussed about where those planes will take off. and landed”.
However, Kirby slowed down the movement of the supply planes.
“I just want to reiterate, we discussed here early on a possibility. It’s not even a promotional deal at this point,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry has issued a chilling threat to any Nato ally considering helping Ukraine by landing its planes at their air bases.
Spokesman Igor Konashenkov warned: “We know for sure that Ukrainian warplanes have flown to Romania and other neighboring countries.
“The use of these countries’ airport networks to base Ukrainian military airbases with the use of force against the Russian military can then be seen as the participation of these countries in an armed conflict. armed conflict.”
The news comes after days of indescribable horror in Ukraine.
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A Red Cross mission to provide aid to besieged Mariupol Reportedly hit by a Russian bomb today like victims buried in mass graves.
The number of casualties is unknown.
In the horrifying scene, a little girl is found dead after her mother was killed in the city.
Eight-year-old child died of dehydration after days of being alone without water, electricity or heating.
A horrifying photo was also released showing a child drenched in blood and wrapped in bandages after an attack on Sumy.
Russia has repeatedly promised a ceasefire to let its citizens flee – before breaking its promise and shelling as desperate refugees escape.
Meanwhile, Chernobyl’s protection system is said to be at risk after Russian troops took control of the site.
Despite the horror he caused, Putin is understood to be shocked and angry at the ferocity of Ukrainians defending their country.
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Ukraine says it has claimed the lives of 12,000 Russians, including nine commanders, since the invasion began.
And a Kremlin official reported described the campaign to subjugate his neighbor as a “massacre of carnage”.
Military commanders have apparently made “apocalyptic” predictions about the conflict, describing the February 24 invasion as a “mistake”.
In another development, Zelenskyy delivered a Churchillian speech to the House of Commons via video link today.
He received a standing ovation from British politicians after defiantly swearing never to surrender.
“We will not give up, and we will not lose. We will fight to the end,” said the wartime president, who remained in Kyiv despite the threat.
“At sea, in the air. We will fight for our land no matter what. We will fight in the woods, in the fields, on the seashore, in the streets.”
He also urged the UK to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Russian jets can be shot from the sky.
However, Secretary of State Ben Wallace earlier echoed Britain’s reluctance to do so – amid fears the situation could turn into a full-blown nuclear war.
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