More and more Lithuanians are spending their weekends learning survival skills to prepare for a Russian invasion in the near future.
The Baltic nations — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — still have the Russian occupation during World War II fresh in their minds. People are leaving nothing to chance this time around, as fear over a new invasion spreads across the tiny countries.
Classes on how to survive in nature for an extended period of time are becoming increasingly popular. Rimvydas Matuzoni, the director for a guerrilla warfare course, is not worried about the country’s preparedness for a possible invasion.
“Spring will come, the cuckoo will sing and we will pave our roads with the corpses of Russian soldiers,” Matuzoni said in a Friday interview with The Independent.
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.
But the Baltic nations are not scared of their neighbor. Estonia’s National Militia released a video in 2015 to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to “think twice” before he makes a move.
Lithuania is further preparing their citizens with a 75-page booklet on how they should react when the Russians come knocking. (RELATED: Advice In The Event Of ‘Russian Invasion’ Pamphlets Handed Out In Eastern Europe)
“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,” an excerpt of the manual reads, according to BBC.
New television ads urge Lithuanians to call a “spyline” when they meet friendly strangers, saying they could very well be lured into espionage by foreign agents.
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