North Macedonia confirmed the transfer of Su-25 attack aircraft to Ukraine in August, a corresponding statement made by the head of the country’s defense department, Slavyanka Petrovska. All transferred attack aircraft were in non-flying condition and were used as spare parts donors.
The set of summer deliveries from North Macedonia included 3 single-seat Su-25s and a two-seat combat training Su-25UB, purchased twenty years earlier by the republic from Ukraine. In addition to aircraft, the small Balkan state transferred 30 T-72A tanks to Kiev this summer, along with small arms, Soviet-style artillery systems and ammunition.
A little later, Skopje sent anti-tank grenade launchers and anti-aircraft systems to Kiev. North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski boasted to his colleagues at the Davos Economic Forum in January that his country was one of the top five arms suppliers to Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Defense of North Macedonia, the department is currently examining Kiev’s request for the transfer of 12 military Mi-24 helicopters, inherited by the republic after the collapse of Yugoslavia. The Poles are also ready to share rotorcraft with Ukraine. But unlike the Macedonians, Warsaw will receive American Apache helicopters in return.
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