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.
Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday called the existing situation in Ukraine "an obvious military invasion by the armed forces of the Russian Federation" and called on Russia to withdraw its troops.
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė is scheduled to have a face-to-face meeting with her Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, during a regional event in Croatia on Thursday – it will be the first conversation in the format since Duda was elected to the post in August 2015.
Serious safety and geopolitical concerns about the Astravyets (Ostrovets) Nuclear Power Plant being constructed in western Belarus, at Vilnius doorsteps, dominated a conference organised by Res Publica today in Vilnius.
The Belarusian Ministry of Energy confirmed, on July 26, that an emergency situation occurred earlier that month at the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP). The power station is being built 18 kilometers from the town of Ostrovets (Grodno oblast), and some 50 km from Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says that Russia's allegations about a Ukrainian incursion into Crimea may be aimed at creating a pretext to back away from the Minsk agreement.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
Vygaudas Ušackas, the EU's ambassador to Russia, says that Russia's allegations of a Ukrainian incursion into Crimea have not been confirmed by independent observers.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.