Ukraine will receive Stinger anti-aircraft missiles within days, Lithuania PM says

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte speaks to media at the border guard headquarters near the border with Belarus, in Kapciamiestis, Lithuania November 10, 2021. RUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

KYIV, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Ukraine will receive Stinger anti-aircraft missiles from Lithuania within days, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said on a visit to Kyiv on Thursday.

Ukraine has received planeloads of military aid from NATO country allies in recent weeks to shore up its defences after Russia massed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's borders.

"We are increasing the number of military instructors in the country and providing Ukraine with additional weapons and equipment," Simonyte said. "... Stinger anti-aircraft missiles from Lithuania will reach Ukraine in the coming days. I hope and sincerely wish that Ukraine never has to use them."

Reporting by Matthias Williams and Natalia Zinets; Editing by Catherine Evans

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