Vilnius has handed over enormous mortars to war-torn Ukraine, according to Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas, amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. According to Interfax, the minister also indicated that the overall cost of all military assistance to Kyiv is in the tens of millions of euros. “We supplied Ukraine support in the shape of heavy mortars,” Anusauskas told BNS. “I won’t name a number, but we definitely donated more than one.”
Anusauskas went on to claim that Ukraine has already received additional air defence systems, anti-tank weaponry, ammo, grenades, machine guns, communications equipment, and so on, in addition to the Stinger man-portable air-defense system. It is difficult to describe everything, the Lithuanian minister stated.
“I determined a month ago that there were 35 openings in various categories,” Arvydas Anusauskas was quoted as saying by Interfax.
In addition, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausda visited Kyiv earlier this month to provide a “strong message of political solidarity.” President Nausda tweeted a photo of himself with important Lithuanian government officials at a train station on Twitter. He also stressed that his country will continue to back Ukraine’s fight for independence and sovereignty.
Furthermore, Lithuanian President Nausda voiced his solidarity with Ukraine in a statement issued in March, stating that he had discussed the subject with the US.
The Lithuanian President told US State Secretary Antony Blinken that Putin’s administration’s “reckless action against Ukraine has once again demonstrated that it is a long-term threat to European stability, and the security of our alliance.”
President Gitanas Nausda, according to media reports, has even emphasised the urgent need to change from deterrence to actual defence. “Strengthening deterrence is no longer sufficient,” says the author. He said, “We need forward defence here in place because else, Secretary, it will be too late.”
He further stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not back down until he is stopped in Ukraine. He believed it was their shared responsibility and commitment to help Ukrainians in whatever manner they could.
In addition, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, has asked European Union counterparts to impose sanctions on Russia’s oil and energy industry. He made the remarks on March 21 at the Foreign Affairs Council during a discussion of the fifth round of sanctions against Russia.
Individual and sanction-based consequences must be broadened, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landbergis. He emphasised the significance of swiftly imposing sanctions on Russia’s oil and energy industry.
Landbergis claimed in a statement released by Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that unless Europe stops buying Russian oil and gas, they would continue to subsidise Russia’s military operation against Ukraine.