The tiny country of Lithuania (which I doubt many of you could even find on a map without Googling it) has recently published a manual for its citizens’ to read up on. The title: “How to act in extreme situations or instances of war.” Yes, before you guess, this is because of the Russians.
Ever since the Ukraine thing, all of the former Soviet satellite states have been getting nervous. As you could probably guess, not many of them are eager to get pulled back into another Warsaw Pact. Lithuania, which is even smaller than the US state of Maine, has published this new manual because of a potentially growing Russian threat.
The Lithuanian Defense Minister, Juozas Olekas, unveiled and discussed the manual in a Press Conference.
Speaking to the gathered journalists, Olekas said the project would culminate in the general release of the manual which would instruct Lithuanians “to not only know how to act during the organization of civil resistance, but also how to act under battlefield conditions.”
The manual discusses topics from when to evacuate a building, changes in government should the country declare war, and the “hybrid war” tactics used by the totally-not-Russians and pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
Lithuania has a right to be nervous, as do all the tiny, Balkan nations around it. Recently, Putin has been using the same rhetoric about them as he did about Ukraine’s own pro-West protests.
While on a visit to Serbia in October last year he [Putin] warned that “open neo-nazism” had become “commonplace” in the Baltics.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, each of whom have large Russian speaking minorities, have experienced an enormous spike in the number of Russian military incursions in their airspace and waters in the last few months.
I might look up an English version of that “in case of invasion” manual, when it comes online. I think I have a pretty good guess as to what it could be summed up to:
“In the event of Russia knocking on your door, head West and don’t stop until the people around you are speaking German.”