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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian Government announced mourning over tragic events in Ukraine

  Lithuania’s government has announced Thursday as a day of mourning over the developments in Ukraine that claimed human lives.

Lithuania’s government has announced Thursday as a day of mourning over the developments in Ukraine that claimed human lives.

The decision regarding the mourning was made at the government’s meeting on Wednesday. Flags with signs of mourning will have to be put up across the country.

Meanwhile, today the Lithuanian parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a resolution, which condemns violence in Ukraine and calls for a response from the international community.

“We are shocked by the events taking place in Ukraine, we condemn the violence that has already claimed 25 lives and call upon Ukraine’s political leaders to seek a peaceful political dialogue by all possible means,” the committee’s chairman Benediktas Juodka told BNS after the meeting.

The committee turned to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, saying the situation in Ukraine should be included into the agenda of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

“Minister Linkevicius is currently in New York for the Security Council’s meeting, he is presiding over the meeting, therefore, we turned to him for possibly including it into the agenda, if possible, as it is not an easy task – all members have to be in support of amending the agenda,” said the head of the committee.

The Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policies Catherine Ashton, urging her to call an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council over the Kiev situation.

Over the past few months, Ukraine has been locked in protests against President Viktor Yanukovych in protest of his decision to sign the Association and Free Trade Agreement with the European Union during the Vilnius summit last November.

The demonstrations evolved into armed conflicts over the past few days, claiming dozens of lives.

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