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Lithuania to send Ukraine anti-aircraft systems

Wednesday, 11 January 2023, 16:04

Gitanas Nauseda, the Lithuanian President has announced the provision of anti-aircraft systems and air defence equipment to Ukraine as part of a military aid programme.

Source: European Pravda reports that the President has said this at a press conference according to the meeting of the leaders of the Lublin Triangle countries in Lviv.

Quote from Nauseda: "In the days leading up to the start of the war, we provided military assistance to Ukraine, particularly in the form of Stinger [MANPADS]. Today I brought good news for Ukraine: we are providing air defence systems and certain anti-aircraft installations to help you in this fight."

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Details: Nauseda did not specify which anti-aircraft systems and anti-aircraft means he was talking about.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the Lithuanian delegation "for the decision to hand over anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, which will strengthen the protection of our energy system, in particular against attacks by Iranian[-made] drones."

Background:

  • Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Lithuania has provided military aid to Ukraine worth 283 million euros. It includes both lethal (anti-aircraft missile systems, light infantry weapons, anti-tank weapons, mortars, machine guns, ammunition, armoured personnel carriers and howitzers) and non-lethal aid (drones, personal protective equipment, night vision goggles).
  • The amount of military aid to Ukraine that Lithuania plans to send in 2023 makes approximately 40 million euros.
  • Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Polish President Andrzej Duda arrived in Ukraine without public announcements and met with their Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Lviv, as members of the Lublin Triangle, on Wednesday.

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