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Lithuanians Raise $5.4 Million to Buy Combat Drone for Ukraine

A Bayraktar unmanned aerial combat drone.

A Bayraktar unmanned aerial combat drone.

Photographer: Birol Bebek/AFP/Getty Images

Lithuanians donated more than 5 million euros ($5.4 million) over three and a half days to buy a Bayraktar unmanned aerial combat drone for Ukraine. 

The private crowdfunding initiative, which received a green light from both the Lithuanian and Turkish defense ministries, aimed to raise the amount within three weeks to buy the Turkish-made drone and ammunition. Lithuanian defense ministry officials plan to head to Turkey next week to complete the deal.