Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas urged the Allies to step up the support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the Ukraine supporter meetings in Estonia Thursday and the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Germany Friday, he also thanked ministers of defence of the United Kingdom and the United States for their leadership and encouragement to other Allies to intensify the assistance to Ukraine.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine need more weapons to be able to carry out successful counteroffensives. The assistance to a nation defending itself cannot be abridged, the countries that can afford it, need to provide the support more actively and in greater volume,” stated Minister of National Defence at the meetings stressing that Lithuania would remain consistent and support Ukraine until victory.
Minister of National Defence announced that the new package of military assistance from Lithuania will comprise several dozens of L-70 antiaircraft guns with ammunition and Mi-8 helicopters. The Ministry of National Defence will invest tens of millions of euros still this year to support and train Ukraine’s armed forces. The assistance will include drone jammers, nigh vision devices, thermal imagery devices, drones. Two more million euros will be transferred to the UK international fund for financing heavy weaponry, including artillery systems and ammunition, direct fire systems and armored tactical vehicles. Total value of the latest assistance package to Ukraine amounts to approx. 125 million euros.