North Macedonia has agreed to supply battle tanks and fighter jets to Ukraine, senior Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said on August 6.
“Many nations are showing more courage today than half of the G20 [Group of 20 major economic powers]. Like North Macedonia, giving Ukraine a shoulder in the form of tanks and planes,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.
It has been already reported that North Macedonia donated its entire fleet of Soviet-made T-72 battle tanks, which is made up of 30 T-72A and 1 T-72AK, to Ukraine. The tanks were bought from Kiev during the conflict between the Albanian National Liberation Army militant group and Macedonian security forces in 2001.
The United States will reportedly compensate North Macedonia with an unknown number of JLTVs [Joint Light Tactical Vehicles].
Latter reports revealed that North Macedonia had handed over its only four Soviet-made Su-25 fighter jets to Ukraine. The fighter jets were also supplied by Kiev during the conflict of 2001. It remains unclear if the US will compensate North Macedonia for the jets.
North Macedonia became a full member of NATO in March 2020. The US and other members of the alliance have been pumping weapons to Kiev forces nonstop since the beginning of the Russian special military operation there in late February.
The NATO’s massive support has failed to change the course of the conflict. To this day, Kiev forces are still struggling to halt the advance of the Russian military and its allies.