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July 22, 2022

Lithuania pledges more armoured personnel carriers for Ukraine

Apart from delivering armoured vehicles, Lithuania has plans to hold extensive training for the Ukrainian forces.

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has announced plans to support Ukraine in the form of additional armoured personnel carriers and training.  

The announcement was made by Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas at the Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting.

The minister said the government will soon ship M113 and M577 armoured personnel carriers and ammunition to Ukraine. 

He added that Lithuania has been a “substantial contributor” of the M113 armoured vehicles to the war-torn nation. 

The lightweight M113 is capable of amphibious operations on land and in water. The speed of the vehicle is 67.6kmph on land and 5.8kmph in water.

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

Apart from the M113s, the country’s military aid to date includes Stinger air defence systems, anti-armour weapons, 120mm mortars, small arms, body armour vests, and helmets.

Lithuania has also delivered drones, anti-drone equipment, surveillance radars, and Bayraktar TB2, along with ammunition.

The minister proposed to hold extensive training for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

He said: “Ukraine has identified key requirement for courses and the Lithuanian Armed Forces is ready to meet it. We currently have requests for military police officer and demining personnel training.”

Lithuania is expected to deploy over ten military instructors to the UK to train nearly 10,000 Ukrainian troops for a period of three months.

Earlier this month, the first group of soldiers from Ukraine arrived in the UK for the military training programme.

The UK has also decided to deliver artillery guns, drones, and hundreds of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in the next few weeks.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the country will supply over 20 M109 155mm self-propelled guns and 36 L119 105mm artillery guns.

The package will also include counter-battery radar systems, over 50,000 rounds of ammunition to equip the existing artillery, 1,600 anti-tank weapons, and drones.

Wallace said: “The scale and range of equipment we are providing demonstrates the strength of our resolve.

“Together with our international partners, we will ensure Ukraine has the tools to defend their country from Putin’s illegal invasion.”

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