Russia puts Pacific Fleet on high alert

Russia has begun a surprise inspection of its Pacific Fleet, putting it on the highest combat alert.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu  said, "the entire Pacific Fleet has been alerted and put on high alert." This is being done ostensibly to assess the state and increase the readiness of military administration bodies, troops, and forces to carry out their assigned tasks.

"During the event, the Pacific Fleet will have to repel massive missile and air strikes, conduct exercises to search and destroy submarines, perform torpedo launches, artillery firing and missile launches while engaging surface action groups and land targets of a simulated enemy"- said Russian Defence minister.

Poland to supply Ukraine with MiG-29 fighters gradually

Polish President Andrzej Duda has stated that Poland will gradually supply Ukraine with MiG-29 fighters as it expands its fleet with FA-50 and, later, F-35 fighters.

"We are currently sending MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine. Probably we will gradually supply what we have left from our resources [to Ukraine - ed.].

We will do this as these fighters are replaced by new NATO-standard aircraft that we are buying for the Polish army,"- the President of Poland said.

Duda said the new planes are FA-50 fighters that Poland has bought from South Korea and that the first planes will arrive in Poland as early as summer 2023, as well as F-35s from the US.

Duda reported that the production of the F-35s for the Armed Forces of Poland has already started and that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had discussions about this with the US manufacturer Lockheed Martin when he visited the US a few days ago.

He stated that Poland is the third biggest donor of military aid to Ukraine after the US and the UK.

He added that Warsaw had supplied Kyiv with over 300 RT-91 and T-72 tanks, Leopard 2 tanks, Krab self-propelled artillery systems, and Piorun anti-aircraft missile launchers.

So far, Poland has sent eight MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine and is preparing to send six more.