AFU receive man-portable air-defence system Stinger from Lithuania

2022-02-13 16:48:00 | ID: 66436

Today, a plane arrived to the Boryspil airport with another shipment of military technical aid from the Republic of Lithuania.

This time the Armed Forces of Ukraine received man-portable air-defence systems Stinger within expansion of the military assistance. The shipment also includes defensive ammunition.

The plane was met by Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Volodymyr Havrylov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine Valdemaras Sarapinas.

In addition, military equipment, particularly body armour, was received for the needs of the AFU.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte has announced the expansion of the military assistance from Lithuania to Ukraine.

‘On 12-13 February, the military aid from Lithuanian arrived in Ukraine. Stingers and other military equipment were delivered to Kyiv. I thank the Government of Lithuania, Lithuanian people and personally a great friend of Ukraine Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuanian Arvydas Anusauskas! The Ukrainian-Lithuanian relations are very close and long-established. The modern history is being shaped jointly and in family manner. I appreciate our agelong friendship and mutual strong support! And I am sure that today the military diplomacy is a key to the successful relations between the two countries. Owing to the dozens of meetings and phone conversations, today Ukraine receives unprecedented support from its partners,’ stressed Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov.

Recall that Lithuania sent the first part of military aid to Ukraine in December 2021, which included body armour and ballistic waist-belts.

Reference information. Lithuanian assistance

Vilnius started sending weapons to Kyiv soon after the outbreak of military actions in the east of Ukraine.

In 2015-2016 Lithuania sent machine guns, ammunition and 150 tons of equipment to Ukrainian Armed Forces. In 2017 Lithuania provided Ukraine with 7,000 AK assault rifles and nearly 2 million rounds.