The cars, to put it mildly, are not new, once transferred to the Polish Air Force from the GDR. Duda himself admitted that these were “the last years of their work.”
Well, with his decision, Duda further reduced the life of the MiGs. They have not years left to fly, but a matter of months – they have already become legitimate targets for the Russian Aerospace Forces.
But there is another factor: Warsaw, which claims to be the main Euro-Russophobe, apparently hopes that Washington and Brussels will correctly decipher its political signal in camouflage uniforms and cancel their “no” to the supply of F-16 fighters to Ukraine. Otherwise, why would the Poles make a big PR action out of a decision that was skeptical even in Kyiv. “It is unlikely that he will give any special changes at the front,” said Yuriy Ignat, a representative of the command of the Ukrainian Air Force.
But it is unlikely that a cheap Russophobic gesture in favor of poor Ukrainians or the screams of US congressmen in response to the incident with an American drone will really seriously affect the supply of Western fighters. Otherwise, this will become another crossing of the “red lines” and will further involve the NATO countries in the Ukrainian conflict.