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July 6, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

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The crowdfunded Bayraktar BH2 combat drone destined for Ukraine is delivered to Lithuania, in this undated handout image obtained on July 4.
The crowdfunded Bayraktar BH2 fight drone destined for Ukraine is delivered to Lithuania, on this undated handout picture obtained on July 4. (Lithuanian Ministry of Defence/Reuters)

A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone, secured by Lithuania for Ukraine after an area crowdfunding marketing campaign, is anticipated to be shipped to Kyiv within the coming hours. 

The “Vanagas” (which implies “Hawk” in Lithuanian), together with ammunition, arrived within the Baltic nation on Monday, the nation’s Protection Minister, Arvydas Anušauskas, tweeted. After a press introduction on Wednesday, Anušauskas added the drone could be transferred to Ukraine quickly.

“Final hours of Bayraktar “Vanagas” in Lithuania. Very quickly will probably be delivered to Ukraine,” he tweeted.

The crowdfunding marketing campaign was launched by Lithuanian on-line broadcaster Laisves TV final month and was capable of safe round 6 million euros ($6.11 million) to buy the drone. 

The acquisition was organized by the Lithuanian Protection Ministry, but it surely says that after studying it was being bought by way of a crowdfunding marketing campaign, the producer donated the drone free of charge. 

“Residents of Lithuania collected funds for this plane, however impressed by the thought, the Turkish firm ‘Baykar’, the producer of ‘Bayraktar’, determined to donate it,” the Lithuanian Protection Ministry mentioned in a press release. “1.5 million euros of the donated 5.9 million was allotted for arming the unmanned plane.”

It’s not the primary time Baykar has donated a few of its drones to the Ukrainian armed forces. Final month, after a Ukrainian crowdfunding marketing campaign secured sufficient funds to buy three of the drones, the corporate mentioned it might be donating them free of charge.

“We ask that the raised funds be remitted as a substitute to the struggling individuals of Ukraine,” it mentioned in a press release on June 27.

The Bayraktar TB2 drone has performed a key position in Ukraine’s protection in opposition to Russia. The nation had round 20 of the unmanned aerial autos earlier than the beginning of the warfare on Feb. 24, however Ukrainian Protection Minister Oleksii Reznikov mentioned on June 28 that his workplace had been capable of safe as much as 50 drones because the invasion started.

“Within the close to future, virtually all capability of the Baykar Makina plant shall be targeted on assembly the wants of the Armed Forces. It is about ordering dozens extra drones,” Reznikov added.