A private crowdfunding campaign among ordinary Lithuanians, which raised almost 6 million euros, made it possible to finance the drone of war Bayraktar TB2,that the country ordered to be manufactured in Turkey and that will be donated to Ukraine for its defense against Russia.
Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas presented the drone, which arrived in the country earlier this week, to the public at a local airbase.
“A weapon will not win a war, but symbols are extremely important in any war,” he told public broadcaster LRT on Wednesday. It will be delivered to Ukraine in the next few days.
The crowdfunding initiative was launched at the end of May with a goal of 5 million euros, which was reached in just a few days as thousands of citizens arrived.
The drone was assembled by the Turkish factory Baykar. Some of the money raised in Lithuania was used to arm the drone, with the rest to be channeled to Ukraine to address “critical needs”, the Lithuanian government said.