Ukraine’s army has acquired further plane as nicely elements for repairs to get broken plane flying once more, the Pentagon mentioned on Tuesday.
Ukraine has defied expectations of allies and army consultants by not solely protecting its air power operational practically two months after the beginning of Russia’s invasion however truly repairing plane and, apparently, including to its stock.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby didn’t supply particulars on which international locations offered plane, however acknowledged new transfers and mentioned Ukraine had extra operable fighter plane than it had two weeks in the past.
“They’ve acquired further plane and plane elements to assist them get extra plane within the air,” Kirby informed a information briefing, with out elaborating.
Kirby mentioned Washington had not offered any plane to Kyiv.
“We actually have helped with the trans-shipment of some further spare elements which have helped with their plane wants, however we have now not transported entire plane,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, which may quickly change. The USA has introduced plans to switch Russian-made helicopters to Ukraine that had as soon as been meant for Afghanistan.
Greater than 50 days into the struggle, the skies over Ukraine are nonetheless contested partially as a result of Ukraine’s fleet of plane and air defenses, together with moveable, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles offered by the USA and its allies.
That has allowed Ukraine to wage a way more efficient floor marketing campaign than if Russia had air dominance and will defend its invading forces from the skies.
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