Latvia preparing thousands of bomb shelters to protect against Russian missile threat

Latvian soldier
Latvian soldier

Proving that it is better to be safe than sorry, Latvia is working to create more than 3,000 hideouts and 12,000 bomb shelters over the next two years, Latvia's LSM reported.

Latvia will spend at least 98 million euros ($105 million) over 2024 and 2025 on the project.

The 3,120 planned hideouts will accommodate up to 200 people each, while the 12,490 planned bomb shelters will protect up to 100 Latvians each.

The full project will ensure that the new hideouts and bomb shelters will help keep as many as 1.249 million Latvians safe from Russian or other hostile missile attacks.

Latvia has a population of 1.879 million, meaning the new shelters will protect nearly two-thirds of the population.

The Internal Ministry has identified how to fund the project, including using EU funds, Environmental Protection & Regional Development Ministry support program money, and municipal investment projects that can apply to the state for loans.

Special signs will be installed throughout the country later this year to mark the locations of the new shelters, Latvian Prime Minister, Evika Siliņa, said.

Sweden soon plans to send soldiers to Latvia, including armored personnel carriers and Leopard tanks, starting early next year, while Canadian forces are already in the country as part of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence.

The measures were made amid repeated Russian statements that indicate that Russia could be preparing to attack the Baltic states.

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