Latvia provides drones to Ukraine's National Police

In an effort to strengthen regional security and cooperation, Latvia's Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced that it will donate 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Ukrainian National Police. The decision was made public following a high-level meeting between Latvian Minister of Internal Affairs Richards Kozlovskis and his Ukrainian counterpart Ihor Klymenko in Lithuania.
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Latvia's drone contribution to Ukraine already delivered (Picture source: Atlas Dynamics)

The meeting between the two ministers covered a range of issues, including the current situation in Ukraine, humanitarian assistance, and the experience gained by Ukrainian police forces amid ongoing conflict. Latvia's Ministry of Internal Affairs, along with the State Police, State Border Guard Service, and State Fire and Rescue Service, will continue to maintain close contact with Ukrainian government bodies to provide necessary support.

The meeting in Lithuania was not just a bilateral affair. Kozlovskis, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmytro Trofimov, and the Head of the State Border Service, General Guntis Pujats, also met with ministers of internal affairs and heads of border services from the three Baltic countries, Norway, Poland, Finland, and Ukraine. The discussions focused on the security situation in the region and potential joint actions to address emerging challenges.

During the visit, Kozlovskis signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lithuania aimed at combating illegal immigration. The memorandum aims to strengthen cooperation between the police and border guards of Latvia and Lithuania by creating joint communication channels for better coordination.

This drone donation is not the first instance of Latvia extending a helping hand to Ukraine. Earlier reports indicate that Latvia’s National Medical Services Department (NMPD) had sent 61 ambulances to Ukraine. Furthermore, Latvia's parliament, the Seimas, recently passed amendments to the Law on Road Traffic, which include a ban on vehicles with Russian license plates, signaling a firm stance on regional issues.

Support for Ukraine has been gradually diminishing, with the Russo-Ukrainian conflict being overshadowed in the media landscape by the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The donation of 12 drones may be another sign of the decline in international aid for Ukrainian forces. However, Latvia remains a privileged partner of Ukraine, providing considerable aid relative to its GDP.