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July 29, 2022

Lithuania to equip Ukraine with ten more M113 APCs

The government also plans to train Ukrainian maintenance personnel, instructors, and demining personnel in Lithuania.

Lithuanian National Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas has confirmed that the government will deliver additional assistance, including ten M113 armoured personnel carriers, to Ukraine.

The minister announced this during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov in Kyiv.

Anušauskas said the Lithuanian Government will ship additional M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), smoke grenades, blank ammunition, and explosives to further strengthen the capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces.  

The delivery of additional M113s by Lithuania will bring the number of such vehicles sent to Ukraine to 30. 

Operational in over 44 countries, the M113 provides amphibious operation both on land and in water.

The vehicle uses a single 0.50cal M2 Browning machine gun as its main armament.

It can also be fitted with a 40mm Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher, anti-tank weapons, and mounted with the M47 Dragon missile system.

The armoured vehicle provides safety from small firearms to big artillery shell splinters.

The ministers also considered options to train Ukrainian maintenance personnel, instructors, and demining personnel in Lithuania. 

Anušauskas said: “Additional military assistance will arrive in Ukraine soon. The country is getting plenty of M113 APCs, therefore we could train the corresponding Ukrainian maintenance personnel or instructors. 

“We also propose to arrange training for demining personnel. We are flexible and determined to help in every way we can, of course, to respond to the needs voiced by Ukraine.”

So far, Lithuania has delivered assistance worth over €123m to Ukraine.

Apart from M113 vehicles, the country has sent Stinger air defence systems, anti-armour weapons, 120mm mortars, small arms, ammunition, thermovisors, tactical vests, and helmets to Ukraine.

Drones, anti-drones, and surveillance radars, all-terrain vehicles, and the Bayraktar TB2 uncrewed aerial vehicle with ammunition were also part of the earlier military assistance.

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