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Did Ukraine Just Get Those MiG-29s It Wants to Fight Russia?

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MiG-29 fighter. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

The Ukrainian Air Force might soon be receiving MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets to help defend against the Russian invasion forces.

In the latest news of the “fighter jets for Ukraine” saga, Kyiv has received aircraft and spare parts from third countries in order to service its fighter and attack jet fleets.

Aircraft and Spare Parts  

On Tuesday, in his daily brief to the press, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby acknowledged that the Ukrainian Air Force has received both aircraft and aircraft parts for its fleet.

“I would just say without getting into what other nations are providing that they have received additional platforms and parts to be able to increase their fleet size — their aircraft fleet size, I think I’d leave it at that. Platforms and parts,” the Pentagon press secretary said.

He went on to clarify that in this case, the platform is an airplane, stating that the Ukrainians “have received additional aircraft and aircraft parts to help them, you know, get more aircraft in the air.”

While he would not state if it was a MiG-29 or not, that seems like the most likely ‘platform’ to transfer.

The MiG-29 Debate, Explained: 

To be sure, the MiG-29 debate isn’t new. The whole story began a couple of days after the Russian invasion began. On February 26, the European Union approved a first-of-its-kind security aid package to Ukraine worth $540 million. Then, on February 27, Josep Borrel, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security, said that the bloc would be supplying Ukraine with “arms and even fighter jets.”

But then the EU retracted and said that it wouldn’t be sending fighter jets to Ukraine after all. However, when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to U.S. lawmakers in early March, he asked them to help with the transfer of aircraft from European countries to Ukraine.

Poland, which is the most eligible candidate to send fighter jets to Ukraine because of its 28 MiG-29s, has said that it is willing to transfer them to Ukraine. Slovakia, another candidate to send whole or parts of MiG-29s to Ukraine, was also favorable to the idea.

But the issue had stuck—until now, it seems.

The MiG-29 Option

The MiG-29 Fulcrum is an air-superiority fighter that can also conduct bombing missions. It can destroy aircraft by guiding air-to-air missiles using its radar and attack ground targets with unguided munitions but only in good visual conditions.

The aircraft has seven external hardpoints and can carry up to two R-27 air-to-air medium-range missiles; six R-73 and R-60 air-to-air short range missiles; four pods of S-5, S-8, S-24 unguided rockets; air bombs weighing up to 6600 pounds. It also has a 30mm gun with 150 rounds of ammunition.

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MiG-29 fighter jet. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

MiG-29

MiG-29. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Additional MiG-29s will give the Ukrainian Air Force added capabilities to conduct close air support and air superiority missions over the Donbas. To be sure, the Russian Aerospace Force is still the stronger player in this deadly equation, but the Ukrainian pilots and maintainers have proven to be a formidable opponent. Indeed, after 56 days of operations, the Russian military has still failed to achieve air superiority over Ukraine, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Alex

    April 20, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    MiG-29s is not a worthy opponent of the Peoples’ Glorious Victory over capitalist running dogs. We will crush this false enemy of the people while the amazed world watches in mute animal defeat.

  2. CK

    April 20, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Alex man, go easy on that Vodka, if you die, it will take Sveta days to get over you!

    To be fair to the article, Ukraine has been doing pretty well shooting down glorious victorious deluded Orc fighters and pilots even without an airforce. Mig-29’s might be overkill!

    The world watches in mute animal shock at how easy it has been so far!

  3. Alex

    April 21, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Bandera Nazi, your tactic of taking my nickname and writing nonsense from him does not work. People know how I communicate. And your burning ass illuminates you for thousands and thousands of miles.

    And now the facts:
    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia has destroyed: 140 aircraft, 496 unmanned aerial vehicles, 253 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2388 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 256 multiple rocket launchers, 1029 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2232 units of special military vehicles.

    The old MiG-29s of the West are just another target for Russian aviation or air defense training.

  4. CK

    April 21, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Wait, what? Now you are accusing me of impersonating you? I mean, it’s a novel charge, but as backwards as everything else you write.

    Not in a million years would anyone confuse my writing for yours. Why would I want to do that? To show the world an alternate reality where I too, am mentally retarded? Where I too fork for the Internet Research Agency? Where I too, make up 77% of all statistics on the spot?

    Please. If you think your writing is nonsense, I can only agree. You are more than right, people DO KNOW how you communicate.

    Like an utter clown.

  5. Alex

    April 21, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    According to statistics on April 21, since the beginning of the operation, Russia has destroyed Ukrainian equipment: 99% of tanks and other armored vehicles of Ukraine (2410 out of 2416 vehicles that were in Ukrainian troops on February 24), 92% of military aircraft (140 out of 152), 71% of the fleet helicopters (106 out of 149), 48% of MLRS installations (262 out of 535) and so on. This does not take into account the equipment that may have entered the Ukrainian troops after the start of the special operation, but in any case, the Air Force and Air Defense of Ukraine were practically destroyed, and the Navy ceased to exist.
    In addition, the United States has reduced the number of javelins by almost a third. This is a lot for the army.

  6. CK

    April 22, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Meanwhie, Putin declares ultimate victory over the world, marries Elon Musk, pigs fly, and Alex returns home with loaded pockets, a loving wife and a fulfiling life.

    Ah, the power of imagination…

  7. Alex

    April 23, 2022 at 9:54 am

    At night, NATO equipment arrived in Ukraine, which was destroyed by Russian hypersonic weapons. I believe that this is not correct, because the people’s militia of Donbass was waiting for this weapon.

  8. CK

    April 23, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    I mean, you’re probably right, I wouldn’t put it past Russia to kill its own with friendly fire, incompetent as they are.

  9. Alex

    April 24, 2022 at 4:51 am

    So who is losing? Obviously not Russia.

    American Colonel Martin spoke about Biden’s failure in Ukraine.

    US President Joe Biden has failed in his policy towards Ukraine. This opinion was expressed in a column on The Washington Post website by retired American Colonel Wes Martin.

    The head of the White House, as noted in the material, tried to prevent the Ukrainian conflict by diplomatic measures – and could not. The author referred to the statement of the former acting. CIA Director Michael Morell, who expressed the opinion that Biden’s attacks on Russian leader Vladimir Putin only “rallied the beleaguered Russian elite.” “Not a single citizen of Russia will put up with the fact that the main enemy of his state inspires him what kind of power in his country can be and what is not,” Martin quoted Morell as saying.

    “Proving once again that he is nowhere near Reagan, Biden publicly called Putin a ‘butcher’ and a ‘war criminal.’ through Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin,” the author of the material noted.
    Ukraine and Afghanistan are far from the only reasons why Biden’s ratings have slipped to an all-time low of 42 percent. People, Martin notes, are unimpressed by his foreign policy experience. Do not add popularity and record inflation of 8.5 percent and a sharp rise in energy prices – the harbingers of a recession.

    At the end of March, NBC News published the results of a poll, according to which 53 percent of Americans believe that the country will begin a long-term recession, which will lead to the loss of American leadership in the world. When answering the question about Biden’s ability to correctly respond to the situation around Ukraine, only 12 percent of respondents expressed complete confidence in the actions of the head of administration.

    CNN, in turn, reported that the confidence rating of US President Joe Biden has reached a record low. According to a generalized analysis of polls published by four organizations last week, the level of confidence in the US president is about 41%, and according to one of them – only 33%. This is a record low compared to all of Biden’s predecessors in the same period of the presidential term.

  10. CK

    April 24, 2022 at 6:18 am

    @Alex – deny, deflect, obfuscate. Seriously, that’s you in a book.

    Don’t look at Putin! Look at Biden! Don’t look at what we’re doing in Ukraine, look at your country! Recession, CNN, political division, look elsewhere, but please, don’t look at what is happening in Russia! Internet Research Agency script in a nutshell.

    Also, poor you man, they are making you work on Orthodox Easter? The night money Sveta brings not enough to keep you guys afloat anymore? Let me know if you need any donations. I’m sure I have a few cents lying around that will be worth a fortune in roubles!

  11. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Yes, Russia has big “problems”:
    There is the Donetsk People’s Republic. There is the Luhansk People’s Republic. Kherson applied to Russia for a referendum to establish the Kherson People’s Republic. God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  12. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Yes Alex, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania also re-applied to join the Russian Federation. In this reality, Putin has conquered his hemorrhoids, and you and Sveta live happily ever after.

    It’s nice to sit back and daydream, isn’t it? 🙂

  13. Alex

    April 26, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Why is Russia with the people’s militia of Donbass taking new territories of Ukraine every day? Let’s figure it out:

    The West failed to turn much of the world against Russia after the military operation in Ukraine began, columnist Howard French wrote in an article for Foreign Policy magazine.
    According to him, many states did not support sanctions against Moscow, including such large countries as India and China.

    “In fact, when counting the population of these countries, it becomes clear that the states representing the majority of humanity have not taken a position in this conflict, seeing in it the familiar echoes of the former rivalry between East and West,” said French .
    According to the observer, the international political system that took shape at the beginning of the twentieth century from the very beginning gave the countries of the “third world” the status of second-class states. As an example, he cited the colonization of Africa by European countries.

    “It was the work of the work and cotton in the people of sugar unpaid smelted and all made of American colonies profitable Europe, and the so- rich for “Old the World” new and millions did ,” the author emphasized.

    French urged not to ignore the heightened sense of justice among the former colonized peoples.

    “The whole world” with Ukraine 🙂

  14. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Well Alex, if that is the case, we wish you the best of luck with your new Chinese masters. I hear they are very kind to minorities.

  15. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:33 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  16. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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