2019.05.03 16:09

Lithuanian military instructors to leave for Ukraine

BNS, LRT.lt2019.05.03 16:09

A joint team of instructors from the Lithuanian Land Force are leaving for a military training mission in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said.

The group of officers and non-commissioned officers from the Juozas Luksa Training Center, the General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy and the Engineering Battalion were seen off in a ceremony in Kaunas on Friday.

The new rotation will replace instructors from the Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

In the Yavoriv training area in western Ukraine, Lithuanians alongside allied troops are helping Ukrainians to reform and strengthen their armed forces and to bring them closer to NATO standards.

"After a long period of wars and occupations, we have lived in peace and calm in Lithuania for the past 30 years, but we are not indifferent and do not forget our friends in Ukraine who are making efforts to restore peace in their country," Lieutenant Colonel Ramunas Jurskis, commander of Engineering Battalion, said at Friday's ceremony.

Two officers are leaving for Ukraine immediately and the rest will join them in several weeks' time.

The law allows Lithuania to send up to 60 military service members to Ukraine, but they are not involved in combat actions there.


– Lithuania has been sending military instructors to Ukraine since 2015
– Groups of wounded Ukrainian soldiers are invited for treatment to Lithuania
– Lithuania was the first NATO country to supply lethal aid to Ukraine since 2014

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