Special Operations Forces of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are conducting training in Vilnius on Friday
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By participation in the national exercise Lightning Strike, the special operators are readying for the traditional exercise Lightning Sword, the Armed Forces said.

"Exercise Lightning Strike 2017 of the Lithuanian army is currently held in Vilkaviskis and Marijampole, and the Special Operations Forces of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are also involved. During the training, soldiers of the Special Operations Forces are gradually readying for tasks of another training of special operators, Lightning Sword 2017, which will follow the Lightning Strike 2017," reads a statement to BNS.

"In order to properly prepare for the training of the Special Operations Forces, communication and coordination is held with municipalities of different regions and institutions to be involved in the exercise," the Armed Forces said in the communique.

Representatives of the Armed Forces confirmed to BNS that Vilnius was among the venues of the training of the special operators.

On Friday, Lithuanian residents received messages to their mobile phones, saying that military exercise would be held in Vilnius on May 5-7 and 15-17, as well as specifying it would involve training military simulation gear and aviation.

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