In response to the war in Ukraine, the Lithuanian government stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens, including those seeking medical assistance in the country.
According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, Russian citizens will no longer be able to go to Lithuania for health care services, such as diagnostic examination, internal or surgical treatment. In addition, Russians will not be able to obtain permits if the reason for entry is to sponsor close relatives living in Lithuania, TheSchengen.com reports.
“In solidarity with Ukraine and its people who are subjected to military aggression by the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Health is suspending the issuance of entry permits to Lithuania by citizens of the Russian Federation on an exceptional basis,” the press release read.
In addition to Lithuania, the authorities in the Czech Republic have also stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens due to the invasion of Ukraine. The news was shared by Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who also announced that all Czech consulates in Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.
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He also noted that the Russian consulates in the Czech cities of Brno and Karlovy Vary have been suspended and are not operating.
“We are suspending the processing of visa applications from Russian citizens in all our consular offices except for humanitarian cases,” Prime Minister Fiala said.
Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgar Rinkevix, also stated that the country would stop issuing visas to Russian citizens, except for cases involving urgent humanitarian issues. Riga – the capital of Latvia, also imposed a ban on three Russian television channels for a period of three to five years.
“We made the decision…because they are a threat to Latvian national security,” Ivars Apollins, head of the Latvian broadcast monitoring agency, NEPLP, told AFP, describing the channels as “propaganda.”
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Moreover, Janusz Czeczynski, the highest official in the Polish government in charge of digital technology, revealed that Russian channels will stop broadcasting in the country, including Russia Today.
According to the United Nations, 240 civilians were killed in the fighting, of whom at least 64 were killed, although the real numbers are believed to be higher but cannot be accurately reported due to repeated casualties.
Al-Jazeera news channel reported that the Ukrainian army revealed the killing of at least 4,500 Russian soldiers, while the Russian government acknowledged the killing and wounding of a number of its soldiers. However, the losses are more pronounced on the Ukrainian side.