Lithuania–Ukraine relations

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Lithuania-Ukraine relations
Map indicating locations of Lithuania and Ukraine

Lithuania

Ukraine

Lithuania–Ukraine relations are foreign relations between Lithuania and Ukraine. Lithuania has an embassy in Kiev and an honorary consulates in Lviv. Ukraine has an embassy in Vilnius and 3 honorary consulates (in Klaipėda, Šalčininkai and Visaginas).

History of relations[edit]

Between 1569 and 1795 Poland and Lithuania formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth which incorporated much of what is now Ukraine.[1] Before 1918 both countries were part of the Russian empire and until 1991 part of the USSR.

A number of agreements were signed in November 2009 including the mutual recognition of university qualifications and cooperation in preserving cultural heritage; furthermore Lithuania promised assistance to Ukraine with obtaining EU-membership.[2][3]

Lithuania, which suffered January Events previously, widely supported Ukraine during bloody 2014-2015 events. The events started when Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovych decided not to sign free trade agreement with the European Union in Vilnius on November 28-29th. As a result, Euromaidan sparked in Kiev and other regions. Lithuania's politicians, including Vytautas Landsbergis and Seimas leader Loreta Graužinienė, along with other officers participated in peaceful Euromaidan events in Kiev. Due to Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Lithuania, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, constantly was calling Council meetings as the war progressed.[4] Lithuania president Dalia Grybauskaitė, showing her support to Ukraine, named Russia as a "Terrorist State" due to her constant military supplement to the Pro-Russian separatists.[5] Later on, Vytautas Landsbergis declared that Minsk peace negotiations, after which Ukraine was losing more and more territories (despite formal peace state) is "much worse than Munich".[6]

Overview[edit]

There are around 44,000 ethnic Ukrainians living in Lithuania and around 11,000 ethnic Lithuanians living in Ukraine.[citation needed]

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