Portal MKD: Ukraine will receive four Su-25s from North Macedonia, bought from Kyiv in 2001 This will be the first delivery of aircraft to Kyiv from the West since the beginning of the special operation. Other countries have so far only promised to consider this possibility
North Macedonia donated to Ukraine four Su-25 attack aircraft, which Skopje bought from Kyiv in 2001 for €4 million, according to the local publication MKD.mk.
The portal clarifies that the country's Ministry of Defense has not yet denied or confirmed this information, but indicated that the details of the decision will be published later, and the transfer of weapons will not reduce the combat capability of the Macedonian army. MKD.mk claims that North Macedonia planned to sell these aircraft back in 2004 or upgrade them to NATO standards.
Su-25— Soviet attack aircraft, which is designed to directly support ground forces over the battlefield, as well as to destroy objects with given coordinates. Operated since the 1980s.
In addition, at the end of July, Macedonia also handed over to Ukraine “third-generation tanks” free of charge, which were bought from Kyiv in the same year as the aircraft. Macedonian portal “360 degrees” with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the country, he writes that these tanks will soon become “uncompetitive”; and North Macedonia would have to spend the money to destroy them itself, which would be “unreasonable”; for the army.
The Serbian television channel RTS claimed that the T-72 tanks transferred to Ukraine were received by North Macedonia from Russia in 2000, but the Macedonian authorities denied this information.
North Macedonia became the first state to transfer aviation to Ukraine. Other countries allowed for such a possibility, but have not yet decided to take such a step.
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Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger spoke about the possible transfer of MiG-29 fighters to Kyiv, but he specified that in return Bratislava wants receive American F-16 fighters.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, as of August 4, 261 Ukrainian planes and 145 helicopters were destroyed during the special operation. The Kremlin noted that the supply of Western weapons will not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation in Ukraine.
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