Lithuanian peacekeepers depart for Kosovo

  • 2008-04-01
  • In cooperation with BNS
VILNIUS- The Lithuanian KFOR-18(Kosovo Force-18) squad took off for a relief mission to Kosovo Tuesday.

The KFOR-18 contingent consists of 25 soldiers from the Volunteer Armyand five from the conscript military service.

KFOR-18 will replace KFOR-17 in mid-April and will serve in the NATO-ledoperation Joint Guardian for six months with the jointPolish-Ukrainian battalion POLUKRBAT. The Lithuanianunit will work at theKFOR control post on the Kosovo border with Macedonia,patrolling, providing rapid response and other tasks.

Lithuanian troops have been serving in international mission in Kosovosince 1999.

Recently, Kosovo's border with Serbia witnessed violent outbreaks ofSerbian radicals opposing the independence of the former Serbianprovince. Casualties among NATO peacekeeping forces were reported.