Back in October, the chief of defence of Lithuania and the president welcomed the creation of a rapid response force in the Lithuanian army. And just several months later, the standby units of the army, including the rapid response force, have been put on a higher state of preparedness, according to the Lithuanian LNK TV channels' program "Good Evening, Lithuania".
Military exercise in Lithuania
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"Since the end of the last week, since Saturday, we have observed a rise in the activity of the Russian Federation's forces in the Kaliningrad region as well as in the western part of the Russian Federation. Therefore, a decision was made to put several of our military units on a higher state of preparedness. These are rapid response units as well as units responsible for military tasks during peacetime," Chief of the Joint Staff Vilmantas Tamošaitis said.

In his words, increased activity has been observed on the ground, in the sea and the air.

According to previous reports, Lithuania's rapid response force will be ready for deployment from two to 24 hours. Its response time would be shorter after it was put on higher alert.

"It means that our military units are ready to respond in a short span of time. Their response time had already been short but now certain military units are put on higher alert and their response time is shorter," Tamošaitis said.

Lithuania's rapid response force is comprised of two infantry battalions, elements of military engineers, air force, special forces and logistic support, all in all, around 2,500 well-prepared troops.
The army does not disclose as to whether they all have been put on a higher state of preparedness.

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