Lithuania to step up training of Ukrainian troops

In 2022, approximately 500 Ukrainian soldiers completed training organised by the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

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Vilnius' diplomat: EU's 9th sanctions package to include proposals from Poland and Baltics

The European Union's ninth package of sanctions against Russia will include a number of proposals from Poland and the Baltic states, Arnoldas Pranckevicius, Lithuania's ambassador to the EU, said on Wednesday.

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Eighteen migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus on Tuesday

On 6 December, Tuesday, Lithuanian border guards stopped 18 migrants from accessing the country illegally from Belarus.

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Šimonytė joins Conservative party

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has officially become a member of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat party (TS-LKD). Martynas Prievelis, the party’s executive secretary, confirmed the news on the evening of 6 December.

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Russian Embassy calls removal of Soviet sculptures in Vilnius "barbaric mockery"

The removal of Soviet sculptures at Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius, started on Tuesday, is barbaric mockery, the Russian Embassy in Vilnius said, calling on international institutions to assess the movement of the local authorities.

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Šiauliai mayor suspected of abusing his office

Šiauliai City Mayor Artūras Visockas is reportedly facing allegations of abuse of official position seeking material or another personal gain under Article 228(2) of the Criminal Code, the Special Investigation Service (STT) reports.

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Nausėda: accession of Western Balkans desirable

President Gintanas Nausėda says that he supports the desire of the Western Balkan countries to join the European Union (EU), but it is important that these countries would be ready to uphold the European policies and values.

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Stefanchuk in Vilnius: you started fighting Russian totalitarianism, we're finishing it

Lithuania started the fight against Russian totalitarianism three decades ago and Ukraine is now finishing it on the battlefield, Chairman of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk said in Vilnius on Tuesday.

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Fifty-three migrants tried to cross from Belarus to Lithuania illegally

The State Border Guard Service of Lithuania (VSAT) has reported that on Monday, 5 December, it stopped 53 migrants from illegally entering the country from Belarus.

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President’s adviser: agreement on Russian oil price cap is achievement of Western democracy

President’s Chief Adviser on Foreign Affairs Asta Skaisgirytė says introduction of a price cap on Russian seaborne oil is a great achievement of the European Union and Western democracy.

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Ex-PM Šleževičius passes away

Lithuania’s former prime minister Adolfas Šleževičius passed away after long illness on 6 December at the age of 74, the public broadcaster has reported.

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Seimas awards 2022 Freedom Prize to President Zelensky

On Tuesday, it transpired that the Seimas of Lithuania will award the 2022 Freedom Prize to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Foreign Minister: sustainable peace unimaginable if masterminds of aggression against Ukraine escape justice

The 21st Session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened on 5 December at the World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Places of accommodation for migrants half empty

There are currently just over 300 foreigners living in Lithuania’s illegal migrant accommodation facilities out of some 3,400 foreigners who were accommodated there in the beginning of this year. A total of 220 persons are currently staying in Pabradė and Kybartai Foreigners’ Registration Centres. The remaining 124 are living in Rukla and Naujininkai, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said.

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Vilnius public transport drivers begin indefinite strike

The trade union of Vilnius public transport company Vilniaus viešasis transportas (VVT) launched an indefinite strike on Monday morning, 5 December, demanding for higher salaries and better working conditions.

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NATO eFP Battle Group concluded top-level live fire exercise

On 2 December, the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group concluded two-week tactical live fire practice exercise Rising Stallion held at General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė, reports the Armed Forces.

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Foreign Minister criticises idea of peace talks with Putin

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis opposes the idea of peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in return for a promise to end the war against Ukraine.

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Seventeen migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus in last 3 days

Seventeen migrants attempted to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus in the last three days, 2-4 December.

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Lithuania repaired two more howitzers for Ukraine

Two PzH 2000 howitzers repaired in Lithuania were delivered to Ukraine on Saturday. Part of ammunition, the transfer of which was approved by the State Defence Council, was also sent to Ukraine.

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Ban on oil shipments via Lithuania to Kaliningrad takes effect

The EU's embargo on most Russian oil imports, announced six months ago, comes into force on Monday.

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