Poland plans to give Ukraine Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets, becoming the first NATO country to provide long-sought warplanes since the Russian invasion began last year, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a news conference Thursday. The first four are set to arrive in the coming days. Western governments had thus far declined to send fighter jets out of concern over escalating tensions between NATO and Russia.
The U.S. military released footage it said shows the moment two Russian fighter jets intercepted a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea. The video, edited by the Air Force, shows an aircraft approaching the drone and releasing what appears to be fuel.
Russia said it is working to recover the debris.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
The daring front-line mission to evacuate reluctant Ukrainians: Thirteen months into Russia’s full-scale invasion, some Ukrainians who are too sick or too prideful to have evacuated from combat zones remain in grave danger. A corps of volunteers is stepping in, Alex Horton and Anastacia Galouchka report from Chasiv Yar, Ukraine.
The group estimates that it has extracted 4,000 people since May, pulling them from some of the most dangerous places and helping them relocate in Ukraine or abroad.