National Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas stressed at the July 20 meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group that the promised or already delivered number of M113s makes the armored vehicle a significant asset in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and Lithuania contributes substantially to this.
The minister also highlighted the role of partisan countries in the training of Ukrainian military personnel. Lithuania offers to organize broad-spectrum training for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“Ukraine has identified a key requirement for the courses and the Lithuanian Armed Forces are ready to meet it. We currently have requests for training military police officers and demining personnel. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will also provide instructors to the UK’s extensive Ukrainian military training effort,” Anušauskas said.
Lithuania’s military assistance to date includes Stinger air defense systems, anti-armour weapons, body armor and helmets, 120mm mortars, small arms, thermovisors, drones , anti-drone equipment, surveillance radars, M113 armored personnel carriers, trucks, SUVs, the Bayraktar TB2 with ammunition funded by the Lithuanian people.
The total aid that Lithuania has provided to Ukraine so far amounts to approx. 123 million euros.
The Lithuanian Armed Forces are also exploring the possibility of sending a team of ten military instructors to the UK, where 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers will undergo three-week basic military training over the next three months.
The Ukraine Defense Contact Group is hosted by the United States of America and includes not only NATO, but also partner nations from around the world.
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