Lithuania showcases ‘crowdfunded’ military drone it’s donating to Ukraine

On Wednesday, Lithuania showed off a crowdfunded Turkish-made military drone it plans to send to Ukraine to help the war-torn country fight a Russian invasion.

“This weapon will be sent to Ukraine immediately after it is presented to the public,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said at a press conference at the northern air base of the Baltic state in Siauliai.

Lithuanians collected €5.9 million in three days buy a drone for ukraine. However, inspired by the act of generosity, Turkish manufacturer Bayraktar has announced that it is donating it instead.

Part of the funds then went to equip the drone, while the rest went to fund humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Andrius Tapinas, founder of Laisves TV, an Internet company that organized a public fundraising campaign, said that in addition to buying a drone, “we showed the world what a small united nation can do.”

Ukrainian Ambassador to Lithuania Petr Beshta praised the “leadership” of the Baltic nation with a population of 2.8 million and the “synergy between society and state power.”

“These kinds of creative decisions and initiatives can help us win the war,” he told reporters on Wednesday.