As a full-fledged war between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed irregulars rages on in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donbas, Western defence experts are only now beginning to thoroughly assess the military lessons of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Withstanding Russia's aggression, Ukraine is not only defending itself but is also defending the whole of Europe, therefore, the West should provide necessary military assistance, Oleksandr Turchynov, chairman of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, said in Lithuania on Monday.
Andrius Kupčinskas, the mayor of Lithuania's second-largest city Kaunas, and several other municipal officials will undergo basic military skill training for volunteers over the next few weeks, according to the Kauno Diena daily.
Thursday morning, German Navy Commander Gunther Brassel handed over command of Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) to Lithuanian Navy Commander Giedrius Premeneckas during a brief ceremony conducted by NATO Allied Maritime Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff Submarines, Rear Admiral Robert Kamensky.
A group of Lithuanian lawmakers propose that the Seimas should formally invite Polish, Latvian and Estonian parliamentarians to join initiatives to block electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus.