7 helicopters will be partially dismantled and delivered to Ukraine by land, the remaining 7 will fly from Poland.
Croatia has launched an operation to send 14 transport helicopters to Ukraine. This is reported by the Croatian edition of Jutarnji list, citing its sources.
It is noted that 12 MI 8 MTV-1 helicopters and two MI 8 T helicopters were separated from the Croatian Armed Forces and preparations for their transportation began.
According to sources of the publication, now several helicopters are located on the territory of the Aviation Technical Center in Bolshaya Goritsa, where they are undergoing all the necessary technical checks and preparations. Some helicopters are in hangars.
Markings are being removed from helicopters. Due to lack of space in the ZTK, the rest of the helicopters are located in the military part of the Pleso airport and in Luchko.
The helicopters are expected to be ready for transport in about 10 days. 7 helicopters will be partially dismantled and delivered to Ukraine by land, the remaining 7 will fly from Poland.
After the departure of these helicopters to Ukraine, the Croatian Air Force will have ten MI 171Sh transport helicopters and four Black Hawk helicopters.
The Croatian government has classified all information about military assistance to Ukraine, and it is impossible to obtain official confirmation of this information. The donation of 14 transport helicopters was confirmed by Prime Minister Plenkovic last November, but without any other details.
Ukraine may receive the first Western fighter jets in the next two months, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said on February 20. According to him, the allies, announcing their readiness to study Ukrainian crews, could have already decided to send aircraft.
US President Joe Biden has rejected deliveries of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine does not need them now. In his opinion, Ukraine now needs more tanks, air defense systems, as well as artillery.
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