The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday granted the status of an international operation to a mission of Lithuanian military instructors in Ukraine.
In the Eastern Ukraine
© Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry's officials in say that the status will allow increasing the salaries of instructors serving in Ukraine by around 10 percent and will facilitate cooperation with US and Canadian instructors working in that country.

They say that the parliament's decision will not pave the way for Lithuanian troops to directly participate in combat operations.

The resolution, which was passed with 103 votes in favor, none against and no abstentions, will take effect on July 1.

Lithuania has been sending its instructors to Ukraine since 2015. Around 30 Lithuanian troops are currently serving in Ukraine. The Seimas' decision allows sending up to 60 servicemen and civilians to the country.

The conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country began in the spring of 2014, around a month after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.

Vilnius University up in world ranking


Vilnius University got 30 positions higher ranking in recently released QS World University...

Government in dispute over EU ambition to stop climate change

Members of the Lithuanian government will on Wednesday discuss whether the country should back an...

Justice Minister richest in terms of assets, Prime Minister among "poorest" (1)

Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius is the richest member of the Lithuanian government , having...

Four millionaires among Lithuanian lawmakers

There are four millionaires among Lithuanian lawmakers and they include Ramunas Karbauskis , leader...

President-elect: ruling parties putting pressure on Parliament speaker

The ruling parties are putting pressure on Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis , seeking his...