Police car convoy heads from Latvia to Ukraine Friday

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On Friday, May 26, a convoy with technical aid was sent by the Latvian State Police to soldiers in Ukraine. In cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Entrepreneurs for Peace Fund, a 12-vehicle convoy has been launched today, but there are more cars in the aid package, as well as unmanned aircraft, generators, mobile power stations and uniforms.

"This time, we've produced really ambitious aid. 50 cars. Four generators, unmanned aircraft. And also, of course, our old-design uniforms, which will certainly help the Ukrainian people in the fight for freedom, for the people of their own country. And there will be many lives to save," said Armands Ruks, chief of the State Police.

The Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) are also involved in the task.

“Our task is not complicated but very responsible. This is to provide an area where all these cars are collected, in cooperation with the Entrepreneurs for Peace Fund. We ensure that their goods are loaded into the cars,” said the Executive Secretary of the NBS Joint Staff, Colonel Māris Gavrilko.

This convoy is launched on Friday afternoon.

"This goes to various units– a little for the National Guard, then the armed forces, border guards, the police. And in principle, everything goes to the hot spots in the east of [Ukraine]," said Elmārs Pļaviņš, NBS expert on international military cooperation.

“Any kind of help is a good thing that Ukrainians really appreciate,” said Laura Skrodele, head of the foundation Entrepreneurs for Peace, who also sits at the wheel of one car herself. “We feel the help of the billions of Western Europe and Western countries, but what the representatives of the Ukrainian army say is that this small-scale aid is very, very necessary for them,” Skrodele said.

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