Lithuania demands Kremlin immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has described the situation in Ukraine as “obvious military invasion by the Russian armed forces” and demanded that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns the obvious invasion of the territory of Ukraine by the armed forces of the Russian Federation,” reads the statement.
The ministry said that such actions taken by Russia are a gross violation of fundamental principles of international law and agreements reached at international meetings. In addition, these actions openly violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and undermine security across the entire region, it said.
“Lithuania calls on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces, weaponry and equipment from the sovereign territory of Ukraine, and to end support in any form for the armed separatists in east of Ukraine,” reads the statement.
The ministry also does not doubt that “the ongoing and ever-increasing flows of weapons and armed militant groups from the territory of the Russian Federation to east of Ukraine, as well as the actions taken by the Russian armed forces inside of Ukraine will receive an adequate response from the international community and its institutions.”

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