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Ukraine, Poland sign security agreement allowing intercept of Russian missiles, drones

It is also planned to create a legion of volunteers - Ukrainian citizens living in other countries.

Ukraine, Poland sign security agreement allowing intercept of Russian missiles, drones
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Donald Tusk
Photo: Office of the President

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk have signed an agreement on security cooperation.

This was reported by Zelenskyy's press service. Read the full text of the document on the website of the President's Office.

Since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion, Poland has provided Ukraine with 44 military packages of various types of weapons and ammunition worth more than €4 billion. This year, Poland will provide several more packages of military assistance and, according to the agreement, is committed to continue supporting Ukraine for 10 years.

Poland will consider providing Ukraine with at least one additional MiG-29 squadron (at least 14 fighters). 

The agreement with Poland, for the first time among the bilateral security agreements already signed, provides for the possibility of intercepting missiles and drones in Ukraine's airspace fired in the direction of Poland. 

For the first time, the security agreement also refers to the creation of a "Ukrainian legion" - training of the Defence Forces in Poland, which will be open to Ukrainian citizens temporarily residing in Poland and other countries. 

The agreement contains a powerful block on cooperation in the defence industry, including the location of Polish defence companies' production facilities in Ukraine and the exploration of additional opportunities for joint defence production. 

Poland will also continue to operate the POLLOGHUB logistics hub and use the potential of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"The document is aimed at strengthening cooperation in the non-military sphere, in particular in intelligence, cybersecurity, maritime and information security, and critical infrastructure protection. Separate blocks of the agreement deal with economic recovery and reconstruction, border infrastructure, and the development of transit potential. Political cooperation includes issues of European integration, implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula, sanctions, compensation for damages to Ukraine, and bringing the aggressor to justice," the Presidential Office said in a statement.

Poland also clearly reaffirms its support for Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO.

In total, Ukraine has already concluded 21 bilateral security agreements: with the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Japan, the US, the EU, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland.

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