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2019.08.07 09:00

Lithuanian civilian paramilitary hosts camp for Donbass children

BNS 2019.08.07 09:00

The Lithuanian Riflemen's Union is hosting a camp for 30 children from eastern Ukraine, the civilian paramilitary organization said on Tuesday. 

During their five-day stay in Lithuania, children of Ukrainian military personnel will be introduced to Lithuanian history and the organization's activities, and will join young members of Riflemen's Union for sports and other events.

"We hope that the Ukrainians will learn something new in this environment, gain self-confidence and be bolder in pursuing their future goals, and that they will have a rest here and take home good impressions," Židrūnas Sadauskis, deputy commander of the Riflemen's Union, said in a press release.

Educational and entertainment trips to Lithuania's major cities will be organized as part of the camp programme, he said.

Ukrainian children have been attending youth camps organized by the union for several years now, and around 100 have taken part in such camps this year.

Established in 1919, the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union is a state-supported volunteer paramilitary public organization. It incorporates over 10,000 people, with around half of them youth memebers.

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The United Nations estimates that the armed conflict between the Kiev government and the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has claimed about 13,000 lives since it broke out in 2014.