Ukraine received Su-25s that it sold to North Macedonia in 2001
KYIV ($1=36.80 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — North Macedonia will donate four Soviet Su-25 fighter jets to Ukraine. Both defense ministries confirmed the news. These are the same fighters that Kyiv sold to Skopje in 2001.
Skopje retired the Su-25 in 2003. Two years earlier, he bought them from Ukraine. North Macedonia was then in conflict with Albanian separatists. It was because of this conflict that Skopje paid 4 million euros for the Su-25s for Ukraine.
This is not North Macedonia’s first donation to Ukraine. Just a few days ago, Skopje announced that it intended to donate about 8-10 T-72 tanks, also of Soviet design, to Kyiv. North Macedonia has approximately 30 T-72 units in its inventory.
Bulgaria was the first country to donate aircraft to Ukraine. 14 Su-25 fighters were transferred through a third country as parts. This is claimed by the Spanish media InfoDifensa. A few days ago, Slovakia announced that its entire MiG-29 fleet [11 or 12 aircraft] would be donated to Ukraine. The Czech Republic agreed to guard Slovakian skies while Bratislava received its F-16 Block 70/72s from the US.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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