Lithuania is assembling a coalition for demining Ukraine and invites countries to contribute demining personnel training or equipment need to that end for the Ukrainian military. Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas announced the plan on June 18 at the distance meeting of the Ramstein-format Ukraine Defense Contact Group.
“We are rallying a coalition for demining efforts with an aim to consolidate and coordinate the ongoing as well as planned assistance to Ukraine in this area. The coalition is being assembled according to the ‘train and equip’ principle used in the training assistance for the Ukrainians carried out Lithuania with Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and soon – Denmark. We invite other countries to join us with their instructors and equipment,” said Minister.
A.Anušauskas underscored at the meeting that there was a need for a more rapid and extensive Western assistance to Ukraine’s counteroffensive so that Ukraine’s victory would cut the war was short sooner. Ministers of Defence introduced their respective packages of assistance to Ukraine. LIThuania’s contribution in July is worth of EUR 24 million.
The Defence Materiel Agency under the MOD signed a contract on NASAMS launchers with Norway’s Kongsberg on June 27. The assistance will be delivered to Ukraine this fall.