Lithuanian charity concert raises EUR 140,000 to support Ukraine
Volunteers from the Lithuanian organization Blue-Yellow gathered over EUR 140,000 in support of Ukraine at a charity concert which was held on the TV channel lrt.lt on January 13, according to EuromaidanPress.
"Blue/Yellow proudly announces to the deeply concerned Western Hemisphere that the organization has managed to gather about EUR 120,000 to support Ukraine, at a charity concert, held at Lithuanian National TV on January 13 (the anniversary of the failed Soviet attempt to overthrow the Lithuanian government in 1991)," Jonas Ohman, a Swedish-Lithuanian volunteer and journalist, wrote on his facebook page after the concert, EuromaidanPress reports.
The volunteer informs that the funds will be used both to support Ukrainian Armed Forces in their struggle against Russian aggression and the civilian population in Donbas area, suffering from the dire consequences of the war. An additional EUR 20,000 was donated after the concert ended.
The charity effort, named "Together Until Victory," was supported by former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, who ran two terms prior to incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuanian Armed Forces and Ministry of Interior. In September 2016, Lithuania became the first country in the world to supply lethal military aid to Ukraine by transferring 150 tonnes of ammunition for Kalashnikov rifles.
Read alsoUkraine, Lithuania sign bilateral documents on cooperationThis is not the first charity concert from the Baltic countries gathering funds to support Ukraine. In October 2014, the Estonian volunteer organization Vaba Ukraina organized a charity concert which gathered EUR 200,000.
Blue/Yellow is a grassroots movement based in Lithuania, connected to a wide range of Ukrainian units and volunteer organizations.