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The Foreign Ministry’s statement on the 10th anniversary of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the 2nd anniversary of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Created: 2024.02.26 / Updated: 2024.02.27 08:39

Today, as every day, we stand with Ukraine and its people, who are heroically defending themselves against Russia’s brutal military aggression.

We are paying our highest tribute to all the defenders of Ukraine, as well as to the soldiers and civilians who have fallen or were wounded in the fight for their freedom and independence. We will continue to support Ukraine until its total victory.

We are confident that Russia’s war against Ukraine will end. Peace and security on the European continent will only be restored once Ukraine’s territorial integrity has been fully restored. We call on the international community to remain in solidarity and unity and to continue actively supporting Ukraine until its victory. This is the only way to ensure peace in Europe and the world.

We strongly condemn Russia’s war against Ukraine. Russia’s ten years of military aggression, the illegal annexation of Crimea, the unlawful decisions to annex the partially-occupied areas of Ukraine - Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia - and the full-scale invasion launched on February 24, 2022, constitute gross violations of the international law enshrined in the United Nations Charter, posing a major threat to the global security system.

While fighting against Russia’s aggression launched in 2014, Ukraine today defends not only its security but also the security of Lithuania and the whole of Europe, the shared values of the democratic world, and the principles of the rules-based international law ensured by international law.

Lithuania strongly condemns and will never recognise Russia’s attempts to redraw the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine forcefully, as well as to annex Ukrainian territories. Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, as well as Ukraine’s fundamental right to defend itself against Russian aggression.

Lithuania remains committed to providing Ukraine with political, military, financial and other support. We will continue to seek to curb the Kremlin’s criminal regime’s ability to continue the war by tightening restrictive measures against Russia and its accomplices and by further isolating Russia and Belarus in the international sphere. We call on international organisations to stop treating Russia and Belarus as equal partners whose aggressive actions against both their societies and Ukraine and their other neighbours pose the greatest threat to global security and peace.

Lithuania will continue to actively contribute to the efforts of the international community to ensure full accountability of Russia and its accomplice - the Belarusian political and military leadership - for war crimes and other international crimes committed and continued in Ukraine, as well as the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Lithuania will continue its efforts to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the war of aggression against Ukraine.

We demand that Russia immediately cease its aggression against Ukraine, stop terrorist attacks and war crimes amounting to genocide against the Ukrainian people, and immediately and unconditionally withdraw its occupying army from the entire territory of Ukraine.

We firmly believe in the right of Ukraine and other countries to choose their future, enshrined in international law. We fully support Ukraine’s goal to join the EU and NATO as soon as possible, contributing to the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area.
 
Glory to Ukraine and its heroes!

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