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Tribute paid to the Lithuanian officers killed at Medininkai border post
2021.07.31
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July 31 is 30 years since the Soviet special police forces (OMON) carried out the Medininkai border post massacre killing officers guarding the border of the Republic of Lithuania. Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brig Gen Raimundas Vaikšnoras attended commemorative events at the Antakalnio Cemetery and Medininkai Border Post.

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Ministers of Defence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia condemn the ongoing hybrid operation against our values and society
2021.07.29
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Ministers of Defence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had a video teleconference meeting Wednesday on the deteriorating security situation in the region as a result of the hybrid operation the Alexander Lukashenko regime was waging against the Baltic states, NATO and the European Union.

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The Defence Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia condemn the ongoing hybrid operation targeting our values and societies
2021.07.29
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During the video conference of 28 July, the Ministers of Defence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia shared the worsening security situation in the region where Lukashenka’s regime is conducting a hybrid operation against the Baltic states, the EU and NATO.

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Interoperability between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and NATO allies is made stronger, says Vice Minister V. Semeška after observing the trilateral Lithuania, Polish and Ukrainian brigade exercise
2021.07.28
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On June 27 Vice Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška and representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces attended DV Day at Exercise Three Swords 2021 of the Great Hetman Kostiantyn Ostrogski Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade LTPOLUKRBRIG at Yavoriv Training Area in Ukraine. It was the first division-level exercise for the headquarters and one of the key elements in brigade staff training.

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New Defence Attachés of Norway and the Czech Republic accredited to Lithuania
2021.07.28
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Norwegian and Czech Defence Attachés changed over at an accreditation ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence Wednesday. Vice Minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius thanked the outgoing officials and accredited the incoming.

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Armed Forces to help ensure security in migrant accommodation sites in support of the Ministry of the Interior
2021.07.28
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At the request of the Ministry of the Interior, the Lithuanian Armed Forces will start providing security in the locations where migrants are housed in the nearest while. “The Ministry of the Interior has requested the Armed Forces to contribute to security and control in the temporary housing locations of the migrants and we will assist with it,” says Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas.

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10th Panzer Division officers acknowledged for cooperation at Pabradė
2021.07.28
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On June 28 a decorations ceremony took place in Pabradė to honour officers of the German 10th Panzer Division. Ministry of National Defence and Lithuanian Armed Forces command decorations were presented to the German officers for cooperation and contribution to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on July 19 – 25, 2021
2021.07.26
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On July 19 – 25 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled seven times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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81st anniversary of the Summer Welles Declaration
2021.07.22
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On June 22 representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces attended commemoration of the 81st anniversary of the history-making Summer Welles Declaration at Washington Square in Vilnius. The United States of America condemned by the Welles Declaration the illegal occupation and annexation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union.

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An important example of NATO partnership – German investments in Lithuanian military infrastructure
2021.07.21
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Exercise Schneller Degen organized by the Bundeswehr in Lithuania was opened in Pabradė last week: it for the first time actually deployed to Lithuania a division headquarters with the headquarters of its subordinate brigades to respond to hybrid and high-intensity threats. The exercise trains to redeploy headquarters and command elements into the NATO forward region within minimum time with an aim to enhance interoperability and cooperation of allies in the conduct of joint defensive operations. On June 21 Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys attended Schneller Degen Distinguished Visitors Day.

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