Lithuania will transfer some Polish “Warmate” kamikaze drones to Ukraine in October-November this year, Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania, Petro Beshta, said during a briefing on Sept. 21.
“We remember the first Lithuanian marathon to raise funds for Bayraktar in May,” Beshta said. “(Lithuanian journalist and media personality) Andrius Tapinas also held a marathon in August for the purchase of 100 kamikaze drones for Ukraine. This project is being implemented, and we expect that around October-November these kamikaze drones will already be delivered to the Ukrainian army.”
Beshta added that since the beginning of the full-scale war, Lithuania has provided military assistance to Ukraine to the tune of about EUR 120 million.
The diplomat stressed that Vilnius is continuing, and will continue, to train the Ukrainian military.
Earlier it was reported that Lithuania would purchase kamikaze drones for the Ukrainian military to effectively fight against the Russian invaders. Specifically, Warmate drones would be bought, as they are light, transportable, and can carry explosives.
Lithuania has been systematically supporting Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
The Lithuanian public is also providing help. Tapinas, a TV host, founder of Laisvės TV and public figure, initiated a fundraiser to buy Bayraktar drones for Ukraine. After raising more than EUR 5 million for a drone in three days, Turkish manufacturing company Baykar announced that it would donate it for free.
Tapinas said that the funds raised have already been spent on buying bombs and missiles for the Bayraktar, and on the purchase of anti-drone guns. His charity also plans to purchase three reconnaissance drones and help a hospital in Cherkasy where wounded Ukrainian military personnel are being treated.