Ukraine says it only received fighter jet parts from the United States

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  • A Pentagon spokesman said it had sent spare parts and complete fighter jets to Ukraine.
  • But the Ukrainian Air Force said it only received the spare parts.
  • Ukraine has been asking its Western allies for weeks to send warplanes.

Ukraine said it only received spare parts for fighter jets while the Pentagon said it sent spare parts and complete planes to the country.

“Ukraine has not received new planes from partners!” the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

However, it said it received spare parts and aircraft components “to restore and repair the fleet of aircraft that are part of the Air Force’s aviation armament, which will put more equipment in service”.

The statement came a day after Defense Department press secretary John F. Kirby told reporters that the Pentagon was sending both spare components and complete aircraft to Ukraine.

“I would just say without getting into what other nations provide that [Ukraine] received additional platforms and parts so that they could increase the size of their fleet – the size of their aircraft fleet. Rigs and coins,” he said.

When asked what he meant by ‘rigs’, Kirby replied, “The rig is an airplane in this case. They’ve been given extra planes and plane parts to help them, you know, getting more planes off the ground.”

Kirby declined to specify the number or type of planes delivered to the Ukrainian military.

The Department of Defense declined to comment to Insider. The Ukrainian Armed Forces Air Force did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Last week, President Joe Biden announced an $800 million military aid package for Ukraine, including artillery shells and armored personnel carriers. He is expected to announce another aid package later this week, NBC News reported.

Ukraine has been asking its Western allies for weeks to send warplanes. Russia launched a full invasion of the country on February 24.

In a speech on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the war would have been over if Ukraine had received more supplies from its allies.

“If we had access to all the weapons we need, which our partners have and which are comparable to the weapons used by the Russian Federation, we would have already ended this war,” he said.

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