Lithuania sends shipment of Stinger portable anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine

14 February 2022, 11:43 AM

Ukraine has received a shipment of Stinger air defense systems and other military aid from Lithuania, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov wrote on social media on Feb. 13.  

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported that that Lithuania had also sent over ammunition and other military equipment for the Ukrainian army, including bulletproof vests.

The FIM-92 Stinger is a man-portable air defense system, developed in the United States. It is used to target low-flying air targets but can also be fired at unarmored ground or above water targets.

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On Jan. 21 defense ministers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia issued a joint statement that they would assist Ukraine in the event of Russian military aggression, and will send Ukraine Stinger air defense systems from Lithuania and Latvia. Estonia has also provided Kyiv with one third of their Javelin anti-tank missile complexes.

The United States had already provided multiple shipments of lethal aid to Ukraine, which included several hundred Javelin anti-tank missile systems and M141 Bunker Defeat Munitions or SMAW-D disposable grenade launchers. Additional shipments are expected to arrive.

The UK has sent over a batch of NLAW (Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon) anti-tank systems.

Poland has also said it was ready to send Ukraine ammunition, portable air defense missile systems, and various types of drones.

The Netherlands, Canada and the Czech Republic are also weighing sending military aid to Ukraine.

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