The first four of the 10 MiG-29 fighters promised by Poland will be handed over to Ukraine in the coming days, Ukrainform has reported.
"In the coming days we will hand over four aircraft... And then we will gradually hand over the rest," Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a joint news conference with his Czech counterpart Petr Pavel in Warsaw.
According to him, four aircraft are already fully operational, while the rest are undergoing maintenance. These MiGs have been in service with the Polish army since the 1990s, when they were received from the former GDR. In addition, the pilots of the Ukrainian Armed Forces do not need to be trained to fly these aircraft.
Duda pointed out that the decision to transfer the fighter jets to Ukraine was made at the highest state level.
The Polish Air Force will replace them with FA-50s from South Korea, the first of which are expected this year. F35s have also been ordered from the United States.
Assistance to Ukraine was one of the main topics during the talks between the presidents of Poland and the Czech Republic.
For the Czech president, his visit to Warsaw was his second foreign visit after taking the oath of office a week ago.