Latvian Defense Minister Says Latvia Sends Batch of UAVs to Aid Ukraine

The Vector UAV / Video screenshot
The Vector UAV / Video screenshot

Latvia has already sent out one batch of drones and is currently preparing the second batch for shipment to Ukraine soon

Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprūds announced that the Latvian government has prepared a second batch of drones for Ukraine, purchased as part of national efforts. The first batch is already en route to Ukraine.

"Latvia has already assembled and dispatched one batch of drones. Currently, we are assembling the second batch, which will soon be sent to Ukraine," he stated.

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Andris Sprūds at the Latvian airbase in Ljellvard, where German Eurofighter fighters are based / Photo credit: mod.gov.lv

Additionally, the minister highlighted that Latvia and the United Kingdom, spearheading the Drone Coalition, have jointly pledged to contribute 20 million euros this year.

Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprūds announced that 14 countries have been officially enlisted in the Drone Coalition.

Andris Sprūds stated that Latvia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, France, Canada, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic are in the process of joining the Drone Coalition. Additionally, other countries have the opportunity to join. In general, plans to attract 20 countries to the coalition.

The Vector UAV
The Vector UAV / Photo credit: Quantum-Systems

Currently, members of the coalition have raised €549 million to supply drones to Ukraine.

The initiative to establish the Drone Coalition was announced during a meeting between the Defense Minister of Latvia and the Defense Minister of Ukraine in December 2023.

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