Pentagon backtracks on claim of aircraft supplies to Kiev — Analysis
Ukraine has not received any ‘whole’ fighter jets from anyone, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby has said
Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby acknowledged Wednesday that no country has sent fighter jets into Ukraine. “impression”Removing an earlier US Defense Department statement regarding arms supplies to Kiev.
“I made a mistake.”Kirby stated, while adding, “Of course, he didn’t say that.” “Ukraine received the ‘whole plane’,”This was “The impression that I gave to you.”He explained to us that his misguided perception about Ukraine’s offer of assistance from another country led him to believe it was a bad idea. “whole fixed-wing aircraft.”
“It hasn’t. “It has not. It is a regrettable error.Kirby also added.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon spokesman told journalists that Ukrainian troops “have received additional aircraft and aircraft parts to help them … get more aircraft in the air.”However, he did mention at that time that only certain parts of the US were shipped and not transported. The whole plane.“
“Other nations that have had experience with such aircrafts have been able help them get more up and running.”Kirby also added.
A Pentagon spokesperson explained Wednesday that Ukraine had just received its supplies By “United States coordination & provision”, “enough spare parts” and “additional equipment”.This has helped Kiev. “Increase their fleet by quite some number.”He has also added.
A senior US defense official told AFP separately that spare parts supplies allowed Ukraine to restore 20 of its inoperable fighter planes.
Since February, when Russia launched its military operations in Ukraine (in which Kiev demanded more heavy weapons and aircraft-defense systems), the West has continued to ask for fighter jets. Although the US and allies have provided arms to the Ukrainian military forces almost from the beginning of conflict, they have mostly resisted sending large amounts of heavy weapons. Although reports have only mentioned the Czech Republic sending tanks into Ukraine, there were no official confirmations.
Recent announcements by the USA included a $800-million deal of weapons for Kiev that includes 200 armored personnel vehicles and 18 towed Howitzers.
Russia invaded the bordering state late February. This occurred after Ukraine had failed to follow the Minsk agreement terms, signed first in 2014 and later recognized by Moscow as the Donbass republics Donetsk, Lugansk, and Donetsk. French and German diplomats brokered the protocols to ensure that the region was granted special status by the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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