Brigadier General Volodymyr Koval, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, took part in the ceremony of handing over samples of high-tech equipment from the volunteers of the Republic of Lithuania.
This was reported by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Facebookreports Ukrinform.
Koval, on behalf of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, sincerely thanked Lithuania for its unwavering support and allied assistance to our country.
“We are especially grateful for the next batch of high-tech Lithuanian-made equipment, which is so necessary now for the defenders of Ukraine to fight enemy unmanned aerial systems,” he stressed.
Defense Attache at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine Darius Adomaitis said during the equipment transfer ceremony that representatives of the Lithuanian television company Nonprofit Corporation Laisves TV had collected more than 5 million euros in voluntary contributions for the purchase and subsequent transfer of the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAV to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Since the Turkish side took the initiative to transfer one UAV to the Ukrainian Armed Forces free of charge, 1.98 million euros of the collected funds were spent on the manufacture and provision of Sly Wiper UAV countermeasure systems to Ukraine.
“I am very pleased that high-tech weapons from the volunteers of the Republic of Lithuania will increase the security of Ukrainian servicemen,” Adomaitis stressed.
At the end of the event, Koval especially thanked the director of the Lithuanian channel “Nonprofit Corporation Laisves TV” Gabija Jone Milashiute and the host of the television program “Freedom TV” of the said channel Andrius Tapinas, thanks to whom the initiative for the acquisition and transfer of equipment was implemented.
As Ukrinform reported, Lithuania will provide Ukraine with ten more M113 armored personnel carriers, as well as packages of explosives and smoke bombs, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said.