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With Russia continuing its aggression in Ukraine, Lithuania has decided to extend the relocation of people of Lithuanian descent from the war-torn country.
Cabinet extends relocation of people of Lithuanian descent from Ukraine
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According to the government’s decision adopted on Wednesday, applications for resettlement status will be accepted until June 30, 2023.

The Foreign Ministry, which authored a respective proposal, explained that it had drafted the decision “considering Russia’s continuing aggression against Ukraine, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Russia, and destruction of Ukraine’s vital infrastructure”.

The previous decision of the Cabinet provided for a possibility to apply for resettlement status until December 31, 2022.

After Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February, Vilnius moved to relocate Lithuanian citizens, people of Lithuanian descent and persons who have the right to have their citizenship restored as well as their family members to Lithuania from Ukraine.

To date, the resettlement status has been granted to 70 persons, ten applications have been rejected and another ten are still being examined, according to the data from the Foreign Ministry.

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