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Lithuania summons Russian diplomat over recent attacks on Ukraine

Lithuania summons Russian diplomat over recent attacks on Ukraine Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis (Getty Images)

Lithuania has summoned a representative of the Russian embassy in Vilnius to express a strong protest over the recent missile and drone strikes on Ukraine, according to the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Lithuania strongly condemns Russia's war against Ukraine, including these acts of brutal aggression, and calls on Russia to immediately cease it. The Russian political and military leadership, guilty of the crime of aggression against Ukraine, must inevitably be held legally responsible," the statement said.

It emphasizes that those who carry out missile and drone strikes on Ukrainian cities and their residents, civilian, and critical infrastructure that is considered a war crime under international law will not escape responsibility.

"Russia will also be obliged to compensate Ukraine and its people for all the destruction and losses caused by the illegal war," the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

At the same time, Lithuania calls on the international community to strengthen military support for Ukraine, helping it adequately defend itself against Russian military aggression, and to pursue a more principled policy towards Russia and its supporters based on complete international isolation and harsh international sanctions.

Mass shelling of Ukraine on January 2

Russian occupiers on January 2 repeated the large-scale shelling, as on December 29. Initially, the Russians launched 35 kamikaze drones, all of which were shot down. After that, 99 missiles of various types were launched over Ukraine.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi reported that air defense forces shot down 72 missiles, including all 10 Kinzhals. The main targets of the enemy were Kyiv and Kharkiv. Three missile hits were recorded in the Shevchenkivsky district of Kharkiv.

More details on the consequences of the strike can be found in the material of RBC-Ukraine.