Poland recently transferred about 10 Mi-24 helicopters to Ukraine, but this was not publicly reported. For the first time, the transfer of helicopters was reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in an article about the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The WSJ claims that the counter-offensive is progressing "so slowly" due to the loss of weapons, as well as Ukraine's lack of firepower and air superiority. At the same time, Russian troops are deploying modern fighter jets and Ka-52 helicopters on the southern front. Western arms supplies are aimed at helping the Ukrainian counteroffensive, the newspaper notes.
The material says that Poland recently sent about ten Soviet-designed Mi-24 helicopters to Kyiv. Ukraine's fleet remains small compared to Russia's, with simpler guidance and defense systems, according to people familiar with the matter. Kyiv uses it sparingly so as not to lose planes.
“The Ukrainians have made progress, but they are facing fierce fighting, difficult terrain and well-prepared Russian defensive lines,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
He clarified that the current situation is "an argument for continued support."
Kiev has previously stated that it needs about 180 fighters to confront Russia in the air, but at this stage, 24-36 is enough. Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands have said they can provide Ukraine with at least 125 F-16s ready for service. Norway is also ready to hand over its decommissioned fighter jets.