Citizens of the Baltic Republic of Lithuania donated more than five million euros to buy a Turkish combat drone for the Ukrainian armed forces. The money was raised in a public fundraiser that lasted just three and a half days and ended Saturday night. Lithuania has 2.8 million inhabitants.
“Probably for the first time in history, the citizens of one state can buy such a heavy weapon and donate it to another state,” said Andrias Tapinus of Internet television channel Laisves TV, which started the fundraiser. According to the initiators, the money should now be transferred to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, which is to buy the drone and its ammunition.
There is still “a lot of paperwork” for delivery
Defense Minister Arvydas Anusaukas announced on Sunday that his deputy will travel to Turkey next week to sign a preliminary injunction. However, he limited that there would be “a lot of paperwork”. However, the government is counting on a “benevolent” approach from all those involved.
The Ukrainian army has been deploying Turkish Bayraktar TB2 combat drones against the attackers since the Russian invasion on February 24 – see video. The government in Kiev describes these drones as particularly powerful weapons in the fight against Russia.