Latvia Boosts Military Support for Ukraine with Drones and Ammunition Funding

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.04 - 2024 11:08 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Latvia is set to hand over drones worth 1 million euros to Ukraine and contribute an additional 10 million euros for the purchase of shells.

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Latvia has announced a new package of military aid that includes the provision of drones and a substantial financial contribution for ammunition. This announcement was made by Latvia's Evika Siliņa during a joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Riga, as reported by European Truth.

First Delivery in the Drone Coalition

Latvia, which co-leads the international "coalition of drones" with Great Britain, is set to dispatch the first batch of drones valued at 1 million euros to Ukraine.

"Very soon, we will send the first drones with a total cost of 1 million euros. The drones have already been tested, our colleagues have already recognized them as meeting all the requirements," said Siliņa.

Alongside the technological aid, Latvia will also make a notable financial contribution of 10 million euros to the Czech initiative, aimed at acquiring ammunition for Ukraine. This initiative, which has seen participation from 15 countries, aims to provide Ukraine with essential artillery shells, with the number potentially reaching up to 1.5 million rounds.

This latest package of aid, including material and technical resources, ammunition, and weapons, is part of Latvia's continued support for Ukraine. The Baltic state has also planned to conclude an agreement with Ukraine on long-term support and security, pledging military aid equivalent to 0.25% of its gross domestic product over the next two years.