North Macedonia confirms sending combat aircraft to Ukraine
North Macedonia confirmed the transfer of Su-25 attack aircraft to Ukraine back in August. The corresponding statement was made by the head of the country's defense department Slavyanka Petrovska. All transferred attack aircraft were in non-flying condition and were used as donors of spare parts.
The package of summer deliveries from North Macedonia included 3 single-seat Su-25s and one two-seat combat trainer Su-25UB, bought twenty years earlier by the republic from Ukraine. In addition to aircraft, the small state in the Balkans transferred 30 T-72A tanks to Kyiv in the summer, as well as small arms, Soviet-style artillery systems and ammunition.
Somewhat later, Skopje sent anti-tank grenade launchers and anti-aircraft systems to Kyiv. North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski at the Davos Economic Forum in January boasted to colleagues by the fact that his country is one of the five largest suppliers of weapons to Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Defense of North Macedonia, at the moment the department is considering Kyiv's request for the transfer of 12 Mi-24 military helicopters that the republic inherited after the collapse of Yugoslavia. The Poles are also ready to share rotorcraft with Ukraine. But, unlike the Macedonians, Warsaw will receive American Apache helicopters in return.
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