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Latvia commits over $12 million in military support to Ukraine, including drones and ammunition

Evika Siliņa and Denys Shmyhal
Evika Siliņa and Denys Shmyhal

Latvia is stepping up its support for Ukraine by dispatching a fleet of drones valued at $1.1 million and pledging $10.8 million toward an initiative to procure artillery ammunition. Latvian Prime Minister Eika Silinia announced these commitments during a press conference with Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal on April 4.

Silinia highlighted the importance of the new military aid package that Latvia is assembling for Ukraine, which encompasses logistics, ammunition, and weapons. "Ammunition is crucial for Ukraine," she said, noting the discussions with the Ukrainian Prime Minister about the need for explosives, vehicles, weapons, and personal gear.

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"Very soon" Latvia will also send Ukraine first shipment of drones worth $1,1 million, according to her. "Drones have already been tested, our colleagues have already approved that they meet all the requirements."

Additionally, Latvia is backing a Czech-led initiative to acquire artillery ammunition for Ukraine, contributing a significant sum of $10.8 million to the effort.

Earlier it was reported that Latvia would transfer 12 more cars confiscated from drunk drivers to Ukraine. In December, Latvia reported that it had already handed over confiscated cars worth $1,1 million to Ukraine. In January 2024, Latvian Ministry of Defense announced transfer of 14 more cars worth $108 thousand to Ukraine.

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