Lithuania is conducting its largest military exercise in a decade, with 20,000 soldiers taking part.

Lithuania’s Deputy Chief of Staff Gervinas Gaubis announced that the country has launched its largest military exercise in a decade, called Perkunas Sander, involving 20,000 soldiers.

Speaking to reporters about the exercise, which will run until May 10 next year, Gaubis said: “Exercise Perkunas Sander is the largest in 10 years, involving around 10,000 Lithuanian soldiers and an almost equal number of allied troops.” ” he said.

More than 10,000 people will be called up from the active reserve force, meaning everyone who has completed their military service within the last 10 years. These exercises are general mobilization exercises and are part of a comprehensive plan, of which 25,000 people will participate in the exercises.

Gove stressed that “the purpose of this exercise is to train for the transition from a state of peace to a state of war operations.”

Earlier, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that he considered the current stage to be an appropriate time to discuss the issue of sending Western troops to Ukraine.

Landsbergis answered a question about emergency measures that the European Union could take to support Ukraine, adding that in addition to providing missiles and weapons, Western forces could be sent to carry out various tasks on the front. said.

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