On Wednesday, the Government decided to extend assistance for the relocation of Lithuanian nationals and persons of Lithuanian origin as well as their families willing to leave the unsafe areas of Ukraine.
“We are fully aware of what is happening in Ukraine; therefore we are ready to continue our support for the country. As regards our compatriots living there, we must do our best to ensure their safe return to their homeland. The current situation in Ukraine shows that they are in a bad need of this assistance”, said Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.
We have extended the deadline for the completion of the list of individuals subject to relocation until 31 December 2017.
The decision was taken by the Government in consideration of the fact that there have been no positive changes in terms of security in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol and the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. The humanitarian situation remains precarious.
Besides, we have taken into account individual applications submitted to our embassy in Ukraine. This year, one family has applied.
Over the past two years, 140 people in total have been relocated from Ukraine to Lithuania (last year – 34, and in 2015 – 106 individuals).