Lithuania Is Running Out of Weapons to Hand to Ukraine
The arms that Lithuania can provide to Ukraine have practically dried up. The country might soon need to choose between continuing its support of Ukraine and maintaining its own defence capabilities, authorities say.
Ukraine has provided a list of equipment that different countries have and could send to Ukraine, according to Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas. Some have heavy weapons, while others have ammunition or spare parts for repairing equipment.
“Lithuania may not have much in the way of heavy weapons, but we do have some artillery capability. We have handed over to Ukraine heavy mortars along with ammunition,” Anušauskas told LRT TV.
But Laurynas Kasčiūnas, chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (NSDK), says that Lithuania has almost exhausted its military resources for supporting Ukraine.
“There is always a line where you have to consider to what extent a certain amount of support will affect your own defence architecture and capabilities. And this is where the army starts calculating,” Kasčiūnas said, adding that the Baltic countries have already sent a lot of arms to Ukraine and have a moral right to demand greater contribution from other Western allies.
Vilnius has already handed over Stinger missile systems, other anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, as well as ammunition to Kyiv.
Recently, Defence Minister Arvydas Anšauskas said the residual value of the assistance amounts to tens of millions of euros, but the replacement value could be five to ten times higher.
Lithuania is also training Ukrainian troops to use US-made anti-tank weapons.