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The Day of Mourning and Hope is marked in Lithuania on Monday. 80 years ago the Soviets started mass deportations of Lithuanian residents into remote areas of the Soviet Union after the Baltic country's occupation.
Gedulo ir vilties dienos minėjimas / Šarūnės Katinaitės nuotr.
Gedulo ir vilties dienos minėjimas / Šarūnės Katinaitės nuotr.

Events will be held in Vilnius and other places across Lithuania to mark the date.

Soviet repressive structures started mass deportations of Lithuanian residents into remote northern areas at 3 a.m. on June 14, 1941. Some 18,000 Lithuanian residents were deported over the course of several days, according to the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania.

The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania on June 15, 1940, and imprisoned and deported some 280,000 Lithuanian citizens over the occupation period.

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