On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Lithuania, a solemn diplomatic reception was organized in Dnipro. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Ukraine Marius Janukonis and some representatives of the Lithuanian diplomatic mission personally met the guests of the evening.
The reception was attended by: the command of the military units of the region who actively assisted in preparation of all the necessary documents to enable soldiers to travel to the European Union, advisers of the patronage service of the Regional State Administration, some Ukrainian volunteers, the leadership of regional hospitals, Defense Attaché of the United States Embassy, UNIFIER mission delegation and also the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who participated in the antiterrorist operation and were rehabilitated at the Center of the Military Medical Service of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania (Druskininkai city). Lithuania is traditionally considered to be the closest friend of Ukraine in the EU and proves it not just by its uncompromising diplomatic attitude. The Lithuanian government was one of the first who responded to Ukraine's request for assistance and provided its resources for the treatment and rehabilitation of soldiers wounded in the east. Moreover, it was Dnipropetrovsk region who sent the first Ukrainian soldiers to Lithuania, at present their number exceeds 120 people. Therefore Richardas Lanauskas, Head of the Rehabilitation Center, Dalia Yodinene, the Chief of the treatment department of the Military Rehabilitation Center and Ramunas Sherparauskas, specialist of the Center were among the honored guests of the event.
The leadership of the Rehabilitation Center is worthy of note as it managed to create a very pleasant moral and psychological atmosphere. Furthemore, they have started the tradition of Ukrainian servicemen’s arrival and departure – on the main administrative building of the Center to raise two flags: Lithuanian and Ukrainian, which wordlessly demonstrates the unity and cooperation of our countries and peoples. At the invitation of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Lithuania Martynas Martsenkavičius arrived, an authoritative person in the sphere of health care, both in Lithuania and Ukraine. It is worth recalling that due to the efforts of his team, a powerful base of psychosocial rehabilitation was created in Dnipropetrovsk region, which became the most effective means of helping fighters in overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder. What is more, on his initiative a new training project for medical staff of Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava regions is being prepared for implementation.
On this day, the head of Dnipropetrovsk regional council Glib Prygunov and the first deputy of the governor of Dnipropetrovsk region Oleg Kuzhman came to extend their respect and gratitude to the Lithuanian diplomatic corps and representatives of the medical community.
Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine and Defense Attaché addressed all the present with the greetings: "This historical period was complicated and violent. Our statehood was destroyed and at one point it seemed that we were not able to return to the political map of Europe and the world. But mobilizing all the possible forces of our people, we have returned the freedom and independence of nations. I am sure that Ukraine can also solve its current challenges. We are with you and we believe in you! "
"I am sure that the Ukrainian and Lithuanian peoples are very similar. We also strive for freedom and independence and fight for it in full force. Today our countries are very close, the Lithuanian Republic supports and invests in Ukraine, actively supports the sovereignty of our state in the global stage. Your official visit on such an important day is not only a good occasion for celebration but also an act of political support. So, it gives me pleasure to welcome our friends who also paid heavy price for their independence. I sincerely wish you peace, well-being and fraternity to those who defend their liberty and justice! "- Vitaliy Pivnyak.
Also, cordial words were addressed to the representatives of the Republic of Lithuania from all the present grateful servicemen who extended their good wishes to the diplomatic corps and medical staff for strength and patience, persuasiveness and success in the efforts they are making in their work.