A week ago, a first batch of 8 cars was sent to Ukraine, as reported by LSM at the time and subsequently reported widely by international media.
Rapid legal changes introduced in Latvia that mean vehicles confiscated by the state from drunk drivers can now be sent to assist Ukraine in its defense against Russian brutality. The original owners receive no compensation, making their decision to drink and drive an extremely costly one, and prompting calls from people in other countries for their governments to adopt similar schemes.
"In Latvia, we know the importance of independence and democracy, so we must continue to support Ukraine with all our might. Every bit of help, big or small, brings Ukraine closer to victory in Russia's cruel and unjust full-scale war," said Karina Ploka, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, about the latest approval.
In addition to the vehicles themselves, employees of the Ministry of Finance will fill them with products and items donated by themselves and which are needed in Ukraine, a ministry press release added.
The vehicles will be transported by the 'Agendum' volunteer organization which has already sent hundreds of vehicles from Latvia and will be handed over to various Ukrainian bodies including Novodolazka Central Hospital, Rzhavetsk psychoneurological boarding school, the MISitenko Institute of Spine and Joint Pathology, the village of Pobuzke, and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Kharkiv Region Blood Donor Center.