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‘Message to the world’ – Lithuanians club together to buy drone for Ukraine -Breaking

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By Andrius Sytas

VILNIUS (Reuters – Hundreds gather to buy a sophisticated military drone for Ukraine’s war against Russia. It is a sign of solidarity with a former Soviet republic.

According to Laisves TV (a Lithuanian online broadcaster), the fund was raised only three days ago for 3.2 million euros.

We never thought we’d be purchasing guns before the war began. However, it is now commonplace. Agne Belikaite, 32 years old, sent 100 euros to the campaign as soon as it was launched.

Since a long time, I have been contributing to the purchase of guns for Ukraine. She said that she will continue to do so until victory, and added that she was motivated partly by concerns about Russia attacking Lithuania.

It has been proven to be effective against Russian forces in conflict in Syria and Libya in the past. The purchase of this drone is being coordinated by Lithuania’s Ministry of Defence. They told Reuters that they plan to sign a letter of intent with Turkey to purchase it next week.

The Ukraine bought 20 Bayraktar drones TB2 from Turkish company Baykar, and then ordered another 16 on January 27, 2017. This batch arrived in early March.

This is the first time in history that ordinary citizens have raised money for something such as a Bayraktar. “It is extraordinary, it is amazing,” Beshta Po, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Lithuania told Laisves TV.

The bulk of NATO’s heavy weapons sent to Ukraine thus far have been Soviet-built guns still available in NATO member countries from eastern Europe. However, some NATO members have begun to provide Western howitzers.

Belickaite stated that “while governments in the largest countries of the globe are forever deliberating… Lithuanian society simply gathers and is about to raise 5 million euros to buy the drone. This is an impressive message for the world.”

($1 = 0.9328 euros)

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