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Advice In The Event Of ‘Russian Invasion’ Pamphlets Handed Out In Eastern Europe

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

Lithuania updated its civil defense guidelines to inform citizens of how they should react in the event of a Russian invasion.

The 75-page booklet is the third to be published since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. It includes information on how to spot Russian tanks, ammunition and mines, and how one can survive in the woods for an extended period of time.

“It is most important that the civilians are aware and have a will to resist – when these elements are strong, an aggressor has difficulties in creating an environment for military invasion,” en excerpt of the manual reads, according to BBC.

Relations between Russia and its Baltic neighbors — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — have gone cold in recent years, and the countries fear they could become the Kremlin’s next target. Lithuania re-introduced conscription in 2015 to better prepare themselves for a for a Russian invasion.

The Lithuanian government further informs people that they could become subjects of Russian spying operations. A hotline was recently launched for people to report possible spies in the country.

“Every Lithuanian citizen can become a target,” Darius Jauniskis, the head of the state security department, told BBC.

Russia is estimated to have the military capacity to overrun NATO forces in the Baltics in as little as 36 hours, according to a recent report from American think tank Rand Corporation.

The German government was criticized when it released a similar survival guide in August. Germans were urged to stockpile food and water in preparation for a national catastrophe.

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