| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Lithuania to declare state of emergency after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine

The Lithuanian President declared on Thursday a state of emergency pending approval by parliament, in the wake of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

“Today, I will sign a decree on introducing the state of emergency, which will be passed by the parliament in an extraordinary session,” President Gitanas Nauseda said, according to public broadcaster LRT.

Nauseda called Russia’s actions “unprovoked military aggression,” stressing that they cannot “remain indifferent.”

“Although there is no direct threat to stability in Lithuania, we have to assess the situation properly and act responsibly and with solidarity,” he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian troops entered Ukraine and targeted various cities.

This came just three days after Moscow recognized two separatist-held enclaves in eastern Ukraine, drawing international condemnation and tough sanctions.

Lithuania, a former Soviet state, shares a border with Russia and Belarus, where Russia’s military buildup continues.​​​​​​​

  • Anadolu Agency