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A non-partisan social initiative “United We Stand for Ukraine” launched Thursday evening by JPP “Create for Lithuania” received immediate community support and interest overnight. Having gained legal support from the Vilnius municipality, the initiative also received wide media attention and feedbacsk from different organizations.
More than 1600 people have registered to attend the Saturday morning event on the event’s Facebook page. During the social initiative’s event, a human chain will be formed which will represent support for Ukrainians’ democratic values and freedom.

Organizations such as “Solidarity with Ukrainian Protesters,” Lithuanian National Union of Students, social initiative “White Gloves,” “Liberal Youth,” “Scouts,” “Volunteers of Culture,” “Lithuanian Youth Council,” “WEF Global Shapers,” and others are participating in the initiative. Support for the event has also come from government representatives such as Gintaras Steponavičius, Mantas Adomėnas, and Nijolė Oželytė.
Initiative is reaching out globally.

After gaining support from Lithuanian communities abroad, JPP „Create for Lithuania“has spread the initiative world-wide. If you are with us and share the support for Ukraine’s democratic values and freedom, you can take a picture with the international slogan “United We Stand for Ukraine” (https://www.facebook.com/United4Ukraine).
Only in one “United We Stand for Ukraine” received pictures supporting Ukraine from people around the world from Washington DC, New York City and Florida to Bangkok, London, Milan and Vilnius initiative was also supported by the EU Ambassador in Moscow Vygaudas Ušackas and his wife.
Getting ready for the initiative.

In order for the initiative to go smoothly and as planned, the organizers invite you to familiarize yourself with the action plan.
The distance between the European Commission and the Embassy of Ukraine will be divided into eight sections which will be managed by the section’s coordinator. Participants will be able to identify section coordinators by their bright yellow vests and their photos will be posted on the event’s Facebook page. 

Everyone wishing to participate needs to register for one of the eight sections which can be done here: http://goo.gl/AJUxDD.
Participants will be welcomed at the following sections:
1. Vilniaus st. 10 (Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania office);
2. Vilniaus st. 23 (“Da Antonio” restaurant);
3. Vilniaus st. 27 (Chief Official Ethics Commission);
4. Intersection of Islandijos st. and Vilniaus st. (Ministry of Health);
5. Vilniaus st. 33 (“Franki” winery);
6. Intersection of Palangos st. and Pylimo st.;
7. 4 Kalinausko st. (Center Clinic, Naujamiestis bureau);
8. Intersection of Kalinausko st. and Teatro st.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 21:17

Lithuania strongly condemns violence in Kyiv

Ukraine protests turn deadly. Watch amazing reporting by a Polish journalist from the streets of Kiev at the end of this post.

The deaths were the first protest-related fatalities since the crisis erupted two  month ago after Yanukovich ditched a trade deal with the European Union in Vilnius in favor of financial aid from Soviet-era master Russia.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has strongly condemned violence against demonstrators in Kyiv.

Ukraine is home to a small, but historically important Lithuanian community there.

It would be best for the Ukrainian Lithuanian community if the country moves closer to the European Union and one day becomes a part of it.

It's as simple as that - there cannot be a prosperous Lithuanian community in a dysfunctional country.

Now, more than ever, there is a need for your solidarity and support.

Wherever you are, reach out to your political leaders demanding the action NOW!

Here are some other examples of reactions from Lithuanians on Twitter on alarming events in Ukraine.

 

Published in UKRAINE
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 20:12

Lithuanians in Ukraine

Today, Lithuanians in Ukraine belong to the smallest minorities on the territory of Ukraine. However, in the past, Lithuanians played an important role in this country’s history.

Published in UKRAINE
Sunday, 01 December 2013 17:08

Lithuanian flag at Euromaidan

This past week the world has seen massive protests in Ukraine in response to President Viktor Yanukovich's decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. One of the largest protests so far was a pro-Europe march through the Ukrainian capital Kiev on the 1st of December. Demonstrators demanded the impeachment of the president and the new elections.

Developments in Ukraine are being closely watched by Lithuanians, whose country recently hosted the EU Eastern Partnership Summit where the Association Agreement had to be signed. Lithuanians actively support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people, and believe every nation has a right to choose its own path.

Here are some examples of what the most active Lithuanian Twitter and Facebook accounts have been saying about Ukraine:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 11 April 2013 19:30

Lithuanians in Ukraine

Today, Lithuanians in Ukraine belong to the smallest minorities on the territory of Ukraine. However, in the past, Lithuanians played an important role in this country’s history.

History during the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

The very first big movement of Lithuanians to Ukraine appeared in the 14th century. During this period, Poland and Lithuania fought wars against the Mongol invaders, and eventually most of Ukraine passed to the rule of Poland and Lithuania. More particularly, the lands of Volynia in the north and north-west, including the region around Kiev (Rus), passed to the rule of Lithuanian dukes, while the south-west passed to the control of Poland (Galicia) and Hungary (Zakarpattya).

Following the incorporation of Ukrainian lands into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Lithuanians migrated to the region, and many of them fully assimilated later.

Within the Russian Empire

According to the Russian Empire census of 1897, 1684 Lithuanians lived in Ukraine.

A number of Lithuanians in Ukraine substantially increased during the World War I when many people from ethnographic Lithuania had retreated eastwards from the front caused turmoil.

History during the Soviet-era

In 1920, there were as many as 15 569 Lithuanians living in Ukraine, but immediately after that this number began to decline rapidly, as many Lithuanians returned to live in an independent Lithuania.

The Lithuanian community in Ukraine started to grow again after the World War II when many Gulag deportees were not allowed to return to their home country Lithuania, as well as when the Soviet government, in pursuit of its policy to build one nation by blending the ethnic groups that lived in the Soviet Union, recruited hundreds of Lithuanians to work in Ukraine.

Modern times

According to the latest data, there are about 7 000 Lithuanians living in Ukraine today.

Their interests are represented by the Ukraine's Lithuanian community, established in 2004, although the Lithuanians began to actively organize themselves there into regional associations in 1992.

One of the first to orginize themselves were Lithuanians living in the country's capital Kiev. The society there was named after Maronis, the famous Lithuanian poet and social as well religious activist who once studied at the University in Kiev. Lithuanian language teaching has become a major task for the Maironis society. In 1994, it opened a Lithuanian Sunday school in Kiev.

The most noteworthy Lithuanian cultural and social events held in Ukraine are the annual festival of the Lithuanian culture in Crimea; the Lithuanian and Ukrainian children’s classical music festival contest in Dniprodzerzhynsk city; and the Mother’s Day charity campaign in Kiev. The Lithuanian community in Ukraine is also active in supporting Lithuanian weekend schools operating throughout Ukraine.

 

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