Ukraine is planning to create civilian paramilitary and volunteer military forces on the model of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union and the National Defence Volunteer Force.
Lithuanian Riflemen
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

"We want to adopt your good practices in creating two structures: volunteer soldiers and riflemen. Unfortunately, we do not have these in Ukraine. We will draw on your experience to create similar structures in Ukraine too. These are not only territorial defense units, but also a huge reserve," Colonel General Mykhailo Koval, first deputy secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council, said in a news conference in Vilnius on Wednesday.

An international security conference aimed at sharing good practices with Ukraine's military officers and politicians got underway at the Lithuanian Seimas on Wednesday.

Koval said in the news conference that Ukraine highly appreciates any aid from Lithuania, including material assistance, experience-sharing, ammunition and training.

The colonel general said that he had discussed with Defense Minister Juozas Olekas the possibility of Lithuania helping the Ukrainian army with weaponry and ammunition.

"If you have any old Soviet weapons, we need them. Most of our weapons are Soviet-made," he said.

The Riflemen's Union currently has around 10,000 members and the National Defense Volunteer Force has roughly 3,500 members.

Rupsys: EUR 10 mln drop in defense budget will affect tactical training

A 10 million euro drop in defense fundin g under Lithuania's updated budget bill will make the army...

Small plane crashes in Kaunas killing two people

A small plane crashed in the territory of a residential house in Lithuania's Kaunas District on...

Nauseda slams Russia over ceasefire breaches

Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda on Sunday hailed Kyiv's "ambition" to seek peace in eastern...

50 countries ranked by how they collect biometric data and what they do with it

From passport photos to accessing bank accounts with fingerprints , the use of biometrics is...

Liubajevas proposed for head of border guard service

Lithuania's Ministry of the Interior is nominating Rustamas Liubajevas , head of the ministry's...