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Breaking News: Poland and Allies Deploy Military Aviation in Response to Russian Missile Strikes on Ukraine.

In a decisive response to the latest Russian missile attack on Ukrainian territory, Poland and allied countries have deployed military aviation, as confirmed by a Tweet from the Operational Command of the Polish Armed Forces, published on May 26, 2024. The deployment occurred on the night of May 26, following intense long-range aviation activity by the Russian Federation.
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Polish Air Force F-16C fighter aircraft, image archive. (Picture source: Wikimedia)

The night of May 25-26, 2024, saw significant missile strikes by Russian forces targeting various locations in western Ukraine. This aggressive action marks the most recent escalation since similar strikes were recorded on the night of May 7-8, 2024.

In response to the threat, the Polish Armed Forces have initiated all necessary procedures to ensure the safety of Polish airspace. The Operational Command is actively monitoring the situation to respond to any potential threats promptly.

As of 2024, the Polish Air Force boasts a diverse and capable fleet of fighter aircraft, reflecting its commitment to national and regional security. The current inventory includes 13 MiG-29A multirole fighters and 6 MiG-29UB variants, used for conversion training, originating from the Soviet Union. Additionally, Poland operates 12 Soviet-era Su-22M4 fighter-bombers and 6 Su-22UM3K variants.

Further strengthening its aerial capabilities, Poland has placed an order for 32 F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters from the United States. The existing fleet also includes 36 F-16C Fighting Falcon multirole fighters and 12 F-16D variants used for conversion training, both supplied by the United States. Moreover, Poland operates 12 FA-50GF light multirole aircraft from the Republic of Korea, with an additional 36 PL variants on order.

Poland's initiative to protect Ukrainian airspace from European territory involves deploying advanced air defense systems and fighter jets in strategic locations across Europe, creating a protective shield over Ukraine. This plan, which integrates radar and missile defense networks from multiple NATO member states, aims to deter further aggression and ensure the safety of Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure. High-level discussions are ongoing to finalize the operational details and coordinate the deployment of necessary resources.

The deployment of military aviation and the proposal to protect Ukrainian airspace highlight Poland's proactive stance in regional security and its solidarity with Ukraine amidst ongoing aggression from the Russian Federation. The international community continues to watch the developments closely as tensions in Eastern Europe persist.

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