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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis is going on a visit to Ukraine


On January 30 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis leaves for a two-day visit in Ukraine. He is planned to meet with Minister of Defence Army General Stepan Poltorak, Vice Premier for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Secretary of National Security and Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov, and Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Army General Viktor Muzhenko. At the meetings security situation in Ukraine and bilateral and multilateral cooperation are expected to be discussed.


While in Ukraine, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis will visit Lithuanian military instructors deployed and training Ukrainian Army troops at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC) in Yavoriv. The Minister is also planned to meet with the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces soldiers in Ukraine also for training their counterparts.

Minister R.Karoblis is visiting Ukraine at the invitation of the Ukrainian Minister of Defence. He is accompanied by Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras on the trip.


Lithuania supports independence and territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations of Ukraine. For a considerable period of time cooperation with Ukraine has been one of the top Lithuanian foreign and security policy priorities.


Lithuania also provides all kinds of possible and legally permissible assistance, including military. Lithuania had transferred to Ukraine elements of weaponry and ammunition it was not using. Lithuanian civilian healthcare institutions and military rehabilitation centre in Druskninkai provided treatment for Ukrainians injured in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).


The Lithuanian Armed Forces cooperate with the Ukraine Armed Forces in military training and education areas. Ukrainian soldiers are invited to study at military education institutions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Lithuania funds their studies at the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL).


Lithuania and Poland established a joint tri-national brigade, LITPOLUKRBRIG, with Ukraine.


Lithuania’s Ministries of National Defence and Foreign Affairs contribute to the NATO Trust Fund financing capacity building in Ukraine’s military command and control, communications and computer capabilities.


According to an opinion poll commissioned by the Ministry of National Defence in the end of 2016, Lithuanian population approve of rendering military assistance to Ukraine: 63% of respondents were in favour of fully approved of it.


POC: PR advisor to the Minister of National Defence Vita Ramanauskaitė, 00370 5 273 5520, 00370 620 81779


Credit: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD)

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