KYIV, ($1=30.23 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter takes off from the runway at a time when the bombing continues in the region, maneuvering between the bombs and the pigeon thick smoke. This can be seen in the shared video from Visegrád 24 on Twitter – a profile of a news aggregator from the Visegrád countries [Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia].
There is no information on exactly where the video was shot in Ukraine. The recording shows that the camouflage of the Ukrainian fighter is the so-called pixelated camouflage. The Polish online portal Defence 24 suggests that this may be one of the few remaining latest versions of the upgraded Ukrainian MiG-29, probably a version of the MiG-29MU1.
It is possible that the recording was made at the beginning of the war, which began on February 24, 2022. Defence 24 says that before the start of the war, a total of 51 MiG-29s were believed to be in service with Ukraine’s air force.
Ukraine received fighters
On April 22, we announced that Ukraine had received fighter jets. The news was confirmed during a journalistic question to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. Kirby avoids clarifying the origin of the additional devices but admits that this is due to foreign aid. The fact that the country’s fleet has increased, he said, “is not a coincidence, because other nations that have experience with this type of aircraft have been able to help them launch more aircraft.”
With these words, the Pentagon spokesman seems to be implying that these are devices that would already be available to Kyiv and that they have already received certain spare parts and assistance that allow them to be returned to the air. However, during a press conference, Kirby added, after warning that he did not want to “go into what other nations offer that Ukrainians had been given additional platforms and parts to be able to increase the size of their fleet.”
He later explained that he would not give more details on the subject: “I think I would leave it at that,” he added. But when asked what he meant by “platform”, Kirby admitted that “the platform is an airplane in this case. In this way, they received additional aircraft and aircraft parts to help them launch more aircraft.
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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