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Lithuania officially recognizes Russia as terrorist state, and invasion of Ukraine as genocide

Russia is the reincarnation of the USSR, and Putin continues Stalin's footsteps, Lithuania believes. Photo: Associated Press

Russia is the reincarnation of the USSR, and Putin continues Stalin's footsteps, Lithuania believes. Photo: Associated Press

The Lithuanian Seimas unanimously recognized the Russian invasion of Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian nation and called for establishing an international tribunal.

In the adopted document, the Lithuanian MPs called on the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, as well as parliaments and governments of foreign states to recognize and prosecute the genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russia, the website of the Lithuanian Parliament reports.

Quote"It is not for nothing that the resolution mentions the resolution on equating the Holodomor with genocide, which shows that Russia has not changed. It has been essentially an autocratic state since the tsarist reign, and Putin continues Stalin's footsteps. The genocide began at that tome. And Putin's Russia is just a reincarnation of Soviet Stalin's Russia — the Soviet Union," Paulus Saudargas, one of the initiators of the Seimas, said when presenting the project.

The Lithuanian MPs also called for establishing a special international criminal tribunal to investigate the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

In the document adopted by the Seimas, Russia is called "a state that supports and carries out terrorism," according to the website of the Lithuanian parliament.

Recall, on April 21, a statement on Russia’s war crimes and genocide in Ukraine was adopted by the Riigikogu (Parliament) of Estonia and the Saeima of Latvia. The Latvian MPs also approved amendments to the Law on Citizenship, according to which citizens who support -Russia's war in Ukraine may be deprived of their citizenship.

On April 28, the Parliament of Canada unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Russia's invasion of Ukraine as genocide against the Ukrainian people. The document noted that Russia committed "mass atrocities" and "systematic cases of deliberate killings of civilians in Ukraine."

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