Despite the Ukrainian government announcing that over the course of 2015 it increased defense spending to USD 3.5 billion, volunteer organizations are continuing to donate funds to make up for some of the shortfalls, Ukraine Today reports.

Since Russia's military intervention in east Ukraine the Lithuania Riflemen's Union has more than tripled in size and plans to continue helping the Ukrainian army.

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