Lithuanian president slams Russia's latest attacks on Ukraine

  • 2023-01-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has condemned Russia's latest attacks on Ukraine, including a missile strike on an apartment building that killed dozens of civilians, saying that all those responsible for the war atrocities "will sit in the dock sooner or later".

Nauseda described the attack as a desperate attempt to "break the spirit of the Ukrainian people".

"We can see that the enemy in desperation is trying to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people by such despicable bombings, which are aimed primarily at people, civilians. This cannot be justified in any way. And I am sure that this will not be forgotten," the president told reporters in Klaipeda on Sunday.

"The people who are responsible for the atrocities of war and occupation will answer. It may not happen tomorrow, but it will happen. And most importantly, other dictators in the world and all the tyrants who ignore reality must know clearly that such actions (...) will not be forgotten and that they will sit in the dock sooner or later," he said. 

Nauseda also told reporters that he expected to meet with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg during the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos to discuss accelerating the delivery of Western weapons to Ukraine.

"I am going to Davos tomorrow, and I hope to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg," he said in Klaipeda.

Nauseda also reiterated Lithuania's full support to Ukraine in countering Russia's aggression.

In his reaction to Russia's latest attacks, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, underlined the need to ensure the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

"The people of Ukraine should have the weapons they need in order to fight back. We should look for ways to help faster, not find reasons to delay longer," he tweeter on Sunday. 

At least 30 people were killed and more than 70 others were wounded in Saturday's missile strike on an apartment building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro.  

Russian forces also attacked key infrastructure in the eastern region of Kharkiv and the western region of Lviv on Saturday, following several explosions in Kyiv.