VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on the international community on Friday to unite in seeking the return of thousands of Ukrainian children abducted and forcibly deported by Russia to their families.
"The entire international community has a duty to enable Ukraine’s victory by supporting it both militarily and financially, as only Russia’s defeat can bring closer the return of the abducted children," the president stated in his video address to participants of the First Meeting of the International Coalition of Countries for the Return of Ukrainian Children.
Lithuania, together with the entire democratic world, stands in solidarity with Ukraine and demands that Russia immediately cease this crime and release the Ukrainian children, Nauseda said.
In his words, the return of the children is only the first step. It is equally important to seek full accountability for the responsible actors. Lithuania will contribute to international efforts to ensure justice.
The Lithuanian leader also stressed that Lithuania firmly supports President Zelensky’s 10-point plan as the path to building a just and lasting peace.
"Throughout the centuries, Ukraine has successfully resisted numerous attempts by Russia to deny and suppress its history, culture, and identity. Today I am certain it will prevail over the most recent aggression as well," the Lithuanian president said.