Lithuania donates €255,000 worth of ammunition to Ukraine

On February 6, the Lithuanian Government adopted a decree providing Ukraine with free ammunition worth €255,000, reported the press service of the Lithuanian Defense Minister.

The ammunition was originally meant for Soviet-made assault rifles and machine guns that are no longer used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

“The transfer of assets is a part of Lithuania's consistent and comprehensive support of Ukraine for strengthening its defense capabilities and ensuring independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said.

In 2016, Lithuania sent Ukraine 147 shipments of lethal weapons that were designed and produced at the time of USSR, as reported by Ukrinform news agency. 

In particular, Vilnius sent Ukraine 60 KPV-14.5 Vladimirov heavy machine guns (used on Ukrainian BTR armored vehicles) and 86 Degtyaryov 12.7 mm portable machine guns.

These machine guns are used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in eastern Ukraine. Earlier Lithuania also supplied Ukraine with 150 tons of Soviet era ammunition which was stored in the country.

  Lithuania, Ukraine, Lithuanian Defense Ministry