Three donated Bayraktar drones are almost ready to ship to Ukraine

1 July, 04:58 PM
Three Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs are almost ready to ship to Ukraine (Photo:Vasyl Bodnar/twitter.com)

Three Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs are almost ready to ship to Ukraine (Photo:Vasyl Bodnar/twitter.com)

Three Bayraktar TB-2 UAVs, donated to Ukrainian war effort by their Turkish manufacturer Baykar, are almost ready to ship to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said in a Twitter post on July 1.

“Promises kept: three Bayraktar TB-2 drones are getting final touches before being transferred to Ukraine at no charge, via the People’s Bayraktar initiative,” said Bodnar.

Bodnar also thanked Selcuk and Haluk Bayraktar – Chairman and CEO of Baykar, respectively – for their generosity.

Ukrainian TV presenter and activist Serhiy Prytula, together with blogger Ihor Lachenkov, raised UAH 600 million ($20 million) to purchase Bayraktar drones for Ukrainian armed forces. While they campaigned to raise enough money in a week to cover three drones, the goal was met an exceeded in just three days.

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Baykar then announced it will ship three Bayraktars to Ukraine free of charge, and requested the funds are directed to Ukrainian humanitarian charities.

Another Bayraktar TB-2 had already been donated to Ukraine, after it was funded via a charity drive spearheaded by Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas, who managed to raise EUR 5 million ($5.2 million) for the cause.

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