President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Lithuania Square in Kyiv is a symbol of strong friendship

2016-12-12

Monday, 12 December, Kyiv – On her working visit to Ukraine, President Dalia Grybauskaitė opened Lithuania Square in Kyiv. The square symbolizes strong mutual friendship and people-to-people ties as this year marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Ukraine.

Lithuania Square is in the center of Kyiv, near Saint Sophia’s Cathedral. According to the President, this square is a little piece of Lithuania that will always be in Ukraine.

“Lithuanians and Ukrainians have always understood and assisted each other. Now, when Ukraine faces difficulties, Lithuania provides and will continue providing manifold support. Lithuania Square in Kyiv is a symbol of our friendship. We are grateful that the name of Lithuania will be always remembered in the heart of Ukraine,” the President said. 

Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine by providing financial and expert assistance for the implementation of reforms, promotion of development, strengthening civil society, media freedom and youth initiatives. Lithuania has delegated more than 20 experts to different Ukrainian authorities. Ten EU twining projects implemented together with Ukraine help deliver the experience of Lithuanian authorities.

Lithuania also provides humanitarian aid for people affected by war. Our country was the first to provide medical treatment to those injured in Maidan, offer treatment and rehabilitation programs to Ukrainian soldiers, schooling for children from Luhansk and Donetsk. Lithuania cooperates with Ukraine in strengthening and modernizing the Ukrainian military forces as Ukrainian officers enhance their knowledge at the Military Academy of Lithuania and in the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade. 

Students from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University; National Aviation University; Department of International Relations of Central European University, representatives of Ukrainian authorities, members of the Lithuanian community, diplomats from the Embassies in Ukraine, and other friends of Lithuania attended the opening of Lithuania Square.

One of the squares in Vilnius will be also named after Ukraine to celebrate friendship between the two countries. Vilnius already has a monument for Ukrainian poet and freedom fighter Taras Shevchenko who studied in Vilnius, in the 19th century.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.12.12 16:41

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