Turkey builds drone factory in Ukraine to fight Russia – Ukrainian diplomat

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar, announced on Monday that a Turkish company, Baykar, is building a factory for producing attack drones on Ukrainian territory.

There were rumors that the construction of the company have started before the Russian invasion on Ukraine on February.

“The factory will be built. Just a week ago, the government approved the bilateral agreement and sent it to the parliament for ratification, the agreement on the construction of the plant itself,” Newsweek quoted Bodnar as saying.

This project does not only have political goals, “but also practical since a significant part of the models that will be produced at this plant will have components of Ukrainian production,” the ambassador added.

Regarding their commitment to their obligations, the Ukrainian diplomat said, “Maybe not in such volumes as it was planned, but they do not leave this work, and it also shows how responsible a partner we are, which does not leave the Turkish side alone with its problems, first of all, in supplying those things that are needed for their defense.”

Totally, Ukraine has received about 50 armed drones from Baykar since the beginning of the invasion, three of which were donated by the company to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Talking about the Turkish drones produced by Baykar, Bodnar said, that they are “already a legend of our resistance,” as the company sold about 20 ones of them to Kyiv during the past two years.

“A Ukraine-based factory of TB2 drones could drastically change the situation [in Russian-Ukraine war], but it is unclear when the factory will be completed, or even when construction for it will begin,” according to Newsweek.

Reporting by Emma Jamal