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Representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Lithuania participated in the tribute run in commemoration of the Day of Defenders of Freedom of Lithuania
11 January 2020 16:53

On January 11, 2020, the representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Lithuania took part in a nine-kilometer tribute run across the Lithuanian capital, named “Road of Life and Death”, in commemoration of an important date in the modern history of the Republic of Lithuania – the 29th anniversary of the tragic events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius, when unarmed Lithuania challenged the aggression of the Soviet Union. In the cold days of January thousands of Lithuanians, as well as dozens of local Ukrainians and volunteers from Ukraine, stood up as unarmed human shield against Soviet tanks in order to defend Lithuania's independence, that had been proclaimed by the Lithuanian Parliament almost a year earlier, on March 11, 1990. The Soviet military killed 14 unarmed civilians and injured around 1000 innocent people who stood tall defending the Lithuanian Parliament, the Vilnius TV Tower and the Lithuanian Radio and Television building. These defenders became the symbol of Unity of the people of Lithuania and of victory in fight for Freedom.

The tribute run Road of Life and Death was organized by the Lithuanian Amateur Runners Association to pay tribute to the victims of the Soviet army's bloody attack. The run started at 12 in the afternoon at Antakalnis Cemetery, where the victims of the January 13th events were buried, and finished outside the Vilnius TV Tower with commemorative medals awarding and tea serving. The tribute run is organized annually since 1992 and always attracts large numbers of participants from Lithuania, traditionally including the representatives of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as foreign visitors, among them – representatives of the diplomatic missions, accredited in Lithuania.

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