Seventy-five years ago this week, people in Europe and most of the world woke up to ominous newspaper headlines: "German Army Attacks Poland; Cities Bombed, Port Blocked; Danzig is Accepted into Reich", "War! Nazi Bombs Rain on Polish Cities". This was the start of the Second World War.
Russia's armed forces invaded Ukraine from the coast of the Sea of Azov for a reason - in order to cut out a land corridor to Crimea. According to reports, Russian forces have taken the coastal town of Novoazovsk and are to move forward towards Mariupol and Volnovakha.
This year, during the month of July, the Central and Eastern European Coalition (CEEC), met with California U.S. congressman Adam Schiff and the U.S. Governor of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Matthew Armstrong, to exchange thoughts on Russian inspired and supported armed conflicts and threats in the CEE region.
At Lithuanian parliamentarians' initiative, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has condemned persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons by Chechen authorities and called for an investigation into the matter.
An incident in which a smoke grenade was thrown at the Lithuanian embassy in Kiev could have been a provocation instigated by Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Vilnius on Monday.
The Belarusian airspace was last week violated by a light airplane P46T piloted by a Danish citizen that had taken off from the Vilnius airport, chiefs of the Lithuanian state company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) and the Civil Aviation Administration.