Volunteers have previously raised alarm that the Ukrainians on the Latvian side of the border need more help. Last week, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said on Twitter that he was ready to instruct the National Armed Forces to participate in the provision of assistance. However, the Ministry of Interior said there is no need for such assistance.
“These army tents need raising of both significant personal resources and the organization of other resources around the tents. These tents are not intended [to] provide this kind of support,” said Dimitrijs Trofimovs, State Secretary of the Interior Ministry.
The State will continue covering the costs of maintaining the trailer where assistance is provided. The trailer is currently connected to electricity supply. This week, the supply of portable toilets and waste containers will continue.
If the flow of arriving Ukrainians becomes larger, this decision will be reviewed.
An average of about 700 Ukrainians nationals travel daily to Latvia. They mostly come through Russia, but volunteers are also keeping an eye on the Belarus border inspection posts.